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Let boys play with toy guns, says the UK government 英政府:讓男孩玩玩具槍

Two boys play with toy guns in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2007.
去年元月五日,兩名男孩在阿富汗喀布爾玩玩具槍。 照片︰法新社

PHOTO: AFP

Boys should be allowed to play with toy guns at nursery school, says the British government.

Young boys don't do as well in school as girls. The Department for Children, Schools and Families says this is partly because teachers try to stop boys from playing with toy guns. They say boys would be more interested in learning if they were allowed to play as they like.

Many people don't agree. They say that toy guns encourage violence. They feel that teachers are right to stop young boys from playing with toy guns.

But the Department for Children, Schools and Families pointed out that boys see guns on TV. They also have superheroes for role models. Many young boys like to pretend that they are these superheroes while playing.

The group says that teachers should allow the boys to act this way. They should also help guide the boys to make sure they respect their classmates. (STAFF WRITER, WITH THE GUARDIAN)

英國政府表示,托兒所應允許男孩玩玩具槍。

英國兒童、學校暨家庭部認為小男孩在學校的表現不如女孩好,有部分原因是因為老師不讓他們玩玩具槍的關係,該部還說,若准許男孩玩他們喜歡的東西,會提升他們學習的興趣。

許多人不同意這個說法,他們認為玩具槍助長暴力,贊成老師禁止小男孩玩玩具槍。

但兒童、學校暨家庭部指出,男孩從電視上認識槍,並崇拜超級英雄,許多男孩在玩耍時都喜歡扮演超級英雄。

該部認為,老師應准許男孩這類行為,並從旁輔導他們一定要尊重同學。(衛報/翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. department n.

部門 (bu4 men2)

例: What department does Beth work in?

(貝絲在哪個部門服務?)

2. violence n.

暴力 (bao4 li4)

例: Violence is everywhere.

(暴力充斥社會。)

3. role model n.

榜樣 (bang3 yang4)

例: Superman is Ray's role model.

(超人是雷伊的偶像。)

4. respect v.t.

尊重 (zun1 zhong4)

例: Annie doesn't respect her teachers enough.

(安妮不夠尊重她的老師。)


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