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华裔虎子:我是这样被教育的--Boy genius\'s book reveals life in college at age 8

 

华裔虎子:我是这样被教育的-(勇往直前 Chinese Below)

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Boy genius\'s book reveals life in college at age 8

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We Can Do
 

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    Boy genius's book reveals life in college at age 8
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — The one thing 14-year-old Moshe Kai Cavalin dislikes is being called a genius.

    All he did, after all, was enroll in college at age 8 and earn his first of two Associate of Arts degrees from East Los Angeles Community College at age 9, graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

    Now, at 14, he's poised to graduate from UCLA this year. He's also just published an English edition of his first book, "We Can Do."

    The 100-page guideline explains how other young people can accomplish what Cavalin did through such simple acts as keeping themselves focused and approaching everything with total commitment. He's hoping it will show people there's no genius involved, just hard work.

    "That's always the question that bothers me," Cavalin, who turned 14 on Valentine's Day, says when the G-word is raised. "People need to know you don't really need to be a genius. You just have to work hard and you can accomplish anything."

    And maybe cut out some of the TV.

    Although he's a big fan of Jackie Chan movies, Cavalin says he limits his television time to four hours a week.

    Not that he lacks for recreational activities or feels that his parents pressured him into studying constantly. He writes in "We Can Do" of learning to scuba dive, and he loves soccer and martial arts. He used to participate in the latter sport when he was younger, winning trophies for his age group, until his UCLA studies and his writing made things a little too hectic.

    Indeed one of the key messages of his book is to stay focused and to not take on any endeavor half-heartedly.

    "I was able to reach the stars, but others can reach the 'Milky Way," he tells readers.

    It was a professor at his first institution of higher learning, East Los Angeles City College, who inspired him, Cavalin says. He didn't like the subject but managed to get an A in it anyway, by applying himself and seeing how enthusiastic his teacher, Richard Avila, was about the subject.

    Avila, he says, inspired him to write a book explaining his methods for success so he could motivate others.

    It took four years to finish, in part because Cavalin, whose mother is Chinese, decided to publish it in Chinese, and doing the translation himself was laborious.

    Han Shian Culture Publishing of Taiwan put the book in print, and it did well in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, as well in several bookstores in Southern California's Asian communities. He then brought it out in English for the U.S. market.

    Because of his heavy study load, Cavalin has had little opportunity to promote the book, other than a signing at UCLA, where he also lives in student housing with his parents and attends the school on a scholarship.

    After earning his bachelor's degree, the math major plans to enroll in graduate school with hopes of eventually earning a doctorate.

    After that, he's not so sure. He points out that he's still just barely a teenager.

    "Who knows?" he says, chuckling at the thought of what lies ahead in adulthood. "That's a very distant future, and I'm pretty much planning for just the next few years. That's too far into the future for me to see."


    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book for Pre-Teens, Teens, and Parents Who Want to Inspire Their Kids, December 23, 2011
    This review is from: We Can Do (Paperback)
    Great book! Remarkable "full scope" coverage in a short & sweet "quick read". Invaluable. Get 10 of them and give them to your friends & relatives!

    My favorite parts of the book are:

    1) Moshe Kai describes how probably the single biggest key element in his tremendous successes is that when he chooses an endeavor-- whether scuba diving, martial arts, or of course his math & physics classes-- he puts his "whole heart" into it. Then he follows through with adequate time, planning, and effort.

    2) MK describes the mind-boggling bureaucratic obstacles he faced, which was a remarkable "real-world" education in itself.

    3) MK describes not a "lost childhood", but rather a very happy childhood spent scuba diving with colorful fish and friendly dolphins, training martial arts in the park, and shared with a wonderful family. There were some heartbreaks and other mis-haps, as befalls pretty much everyone, but overall MK easily dispels his critics' theories that his spectacular achievements must have caused some sort of "unhappy childhood". Instead, MK describes great times that anyone would enjoy.

    Finally, his purpose throughout the book-- and even its title-- is that lots more kids "can do" what Moshe Kai has done. On page 44, MK writes (sic) "I do not like to share my inner thoughts because they are the essence of my being.... I only expose my inner feelings with hope that I may lead some kids to see my success and believe that they can do the same or better. If one kid can accomplish it or go far beyond because my book, I will be overjoyed."

    I know for a fact that other kids can achieve what MK has done: that's why I developed the "FromZeroToCalculus" ® System (website: FromZeroToCalculus.com), where rapid advancement is attainable.

    Again, I highly recommend Moshe Kai's book, "We Can Do", about how he entered college at age 8 and graduated at age 11 with an Associate's Degree Summa Cum Laude and a 4.0 GPA. Enjoy it, be inspired by it, and give copies to your friends and relatives!

    华裔虎子:我是这样被教育的

    Ohmmy综合:因为虎妈出书,也因为申请大学入学进入最后倒数,华裔孩子的教育问题再度引起热烈讨论,一些天才型的华裔孩童念书方式更是再度引发媒体得关注。在华人最多的加州,华裔神童Moshe Kai凯孝虎,今年虽然才刚满12岁的华裔神童凯孝虎,目前是加州大学洛杉矶分校数学系二年级学生,学习成绩排全班前五名,学分基点(GPA)保持在4.0以上。由于成绩优异,他还获得了全额奖学金。这样的孩子是如何成功的。

    “华裔神童”凯孝虎父母虽是跨族裔婚姻,可他们教育孩子的原则却与蔡教授推崇的中国妈妈育子之道是一致的——严苛教子。
     
      神童长于“虎穴”

      据美国《侨报周末》报道凯孝虎天赋高是公认的,可家庭的后天培育也是造就这个神童不可或缺的重要因素。凯孝虎的父母对孩子要求非常严格,这是凯孝虎父母家教的特点,也是让凯孝虎父母感到自豪的育儿经验。

      凯孝虎从小即表现出超常的学习兴趣与能力,可如何将其与同龄人不同的特质发挥得好、得以持之以琚A则让孝虎的父母煞费了一番苦心。他们相信,严格及始终如一是他们保持孝虎才能发挥的最基本教育原则。

      凯孝虎的父母要求孩子严格,其意大利裔的父亲(Joseph Cavalin)更是如此。他虽现任洛杉矶市社区学院教授,可他出身行伍,在家教育孩子提倡奖罚分明,动辄即将军人传统拿来管教儿子,甚至不惜体罚以让幼年的孝虎记取教训。

      对于在生活或学习中犯了错误的孝虎,父亲绝不姑息迁就。他的教子原则是:“让孩子知道一次,下次即不会再做同样的事情。”而他所谓让孩子一次记取教训的手段往往是扣发零用钱,甚至动手体罚孝虎。

      孝虎的母亲钱淑贞是来自中国台湾的新移民,她给人的印象是:一位温柔体贴的母亲。可她在教育孝虎时同样很严格。她让孩子听从教导的极端方法是大声吼叫。她诙谐地说,相比之下夫婿更适合被称为“虎爸”,若称她为“虎妈”或许有些言过其实,但“虎啸”却是她常常使用的有效教子方法。她坚持认为,只有严格育儿才能让孩子远离平庸。
    超常源于启蒙

      钱淑贞在儿子孝虎很小时即发现他学习方面的超常能力:孝虎一岁时即开始翻看母亲的教科书,3岁时即可学习算数,熟记九九乘法口诀。发现了孝虎的超常能力,钱淑贞便与丈夫探讨如何培养孩子。孝虎父母的一致意见是,为孝虎准备最适合他的读书环境,制订一套完整的教育计划,而且只能严格执行,没有万一。

      在孝虎父母的育儿计划中,一个很重要的部分即是让孩子全面发展。依照孝虎父亲的解释,是同时开发孩子的左右脑。孝虎的父母深信,培养孩子仅靠“外面”的教育,如学校的教育,是不够的。因此从孩子4岁起,父母就带他学习弹钢琴,6岁起便到处拜师学习中国武术,其实从2002年起孝虎即随父亲练习日本柔道等东方武术了。孝虎还喜欢踢足球,专与那些年龄比自己大三四岁的孩子一起踢。他还考取了潜水执照。对于他们认为不利于孝虎成长的东西,他们绝对不许他接触,如电子游戏。虽然孝虎家不是很富裕,可为了孩子学习上的需要,孝虎的父母在他很小时即为他买了当时很昂贵的电脑。

      家有神童这让孝虎的父母感到很幸运,同时也让他们感到肩上的责任。为了保证孝虎的成长不出差错,钱淑贞辞去工作,专职培养、照顾孝虎,成了一名“全职妈妈”。孝虎虽然是一个上了大学的男孩子,可钱淑贞从不敢放鬆对他的照看。孝虎喜欢跟他的成年同学们“溷”在一起,与他们谈天说地,讨论数学,可他毕竟是个仅有12岁的孩子。钱淑贞从未放鬆过对孩子的监护,但又担心过多地介入孩子的“私事”会扼杀他的独立性。因此在孝虎办自己要办的事情时,她便鼓励孩子自己去做,然后躲在孩子有需要时即可随时出现的距离内细心观察、等待。钱淑贞管理她神童儿子的手段是:“半看孩子,半放鬆的方法。”

    据美国《世界日报》报道,凯孝虎在东洛杉矶学院期间,平均成绩4.0分,几乎全A,成爲学校今年毕业生中拿到4.0分的三名学生之一。 凯孝虎的妈妈钱淑贞说,凯孝虎希望14岁时能拿到大学学士,17岁拿到硕士,19岁左右获得博士学位。

    脸上稚气未脱的凯孝虎,敏捷的思维,成熟的思想,与优异的成绩,显得与衆不同。凯孝虎五、六岁起,就在家跟着妈妈学习。凯妈妈说,凯孝虎很小就展露天份,无论识字、算术都学得很快,能触类旁通,也能经常跟着电视“无师自通”。

      神童继承东西方传统

      孝虎从不认为自己是神童。记者与他交谈时,常听到一些不像是从12岁的孩子口中说出的话,也丝毫看不出这个小神童的与众不同。“其实这个世界上有65亿人,每个人都有他的长处和短处,我就是一个平常的孩子,不过很用功、很努力罢了。”他说。

      孝虎给人的印象是,谦和而且具有西方文化中崇尚挑战的人格特质。他喜欢具有挑战性的事务,在面对这类事务时他总是很自信——“先要排除畏难心理,只要去做就有机会。”他最喜欢的一句话是:“天下无难事”。今年4月,孝虎要在中国大陆和台湾同时出版一本他利用“业馀时间”创作的自传,书名叫《勇往直前》。孝虎的这部自传将他的挑战性人格展现得淋漓尽致。

      “虎穴神童”的成长经历

      孝虎现在的梦想是到美东读名校,如麻省理工学院,成为一名天体物理学博士。孝虎6岁时被一所私立小学拒绝入学,原因是他比授课教师懂得还多,校方认为他对什麽都没兴趣。此后,孝虎便在家跟父母学习了两年。

      2006年9月,当孝虎刚满8岁时,父母便把他送到东洛杉矶学院读大学的课程。孝虎在班上学习成绩优异,不久便可辅导那些年龄约在20岁左右的同班同学。孝虎10岁即完成所有副学士学位的课程,11岁正式得到学位。在东洛杉矶学院读书时,孝虎很喜欢爱因斯坦的相对论,更对太空中的蠕虫洞和黑洞着迷。从东洛杉矶学院毕业后,他在家“休息”了6个月,在刚满12岁时获得了加州大学洛杉矶分校的全额奖学金,成了一名少年大学生。

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