Lesson One Half a Day
Lesson Two Going Home
Lesson Three Message of the Land
Lesson Four The Boy and the Bank Officer
Lesson Five Angels on a Pin
Lesson Six The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
Lesson Seven Mandela's Garden
Lesson Eight My Personal Manager
Lesson Nine Against All Odds
Lesson Ten The Green Banana
Lesson Eleven The Midnight Visitor
Lesson Twelve The Kindness of Strangers
Lesson Thirteen Christmas Day in the Morning
Lesson Fourteen After Twenty Years
Lesson Fifteen Touched by the Moon
1. This article was written at a time when the whole of the United States was thrown into a panic over the launching of the first satellite (Sputnik) by the Russians, because this seemed to prove that the former Soviet Union had left the US far behind in science and technology. Many Americans believed that there must be something seriously wrong with their educational system. The author, in writing this article, seemed to think that part of the nation's problem in education was the traditional teaching and testing methods, which emphasized book knowledge rather than students' originality and creativity.
2. Education is also a great challenge in our country. Problems are many. One of them is perhaps the fact that our education is too closely geared to tests and examinations. In fact, often our effort seems to serve the purpose of enabling students to handle them properly. Tests and examinations are necessary and useful of course. But their purposes are limited, and so is their usefulness. If they are overused, or if we take the means for the ends, they will lead to serious conse-quences. This text can give us some food for thought.
3. Ask students to comment on the existing testing and examination system in China. Have them discuss problems in our teaching methods and educational approach.
4. If time permits, ask students questions like the following and encourage them to give different answers which may all make sense：
How can we control the frequent floods in the Yangtzi River valley?
What do you think is the best way to fight pollution (crime/corruption/smoking)?