2014.05.31【英译中】李开复给女儿的一封信(2)

发表于:2014-05-31 18:16 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

You have been an excellent elder sister. Even though you two had your share of fights, the last few years you have become best friends. Your sister loves you so much, and she loves to make you laugh. She looks up to you, and sees you as her role model. As you saw when we departed, she misses you so much. And I know that you miss her just as much. There is nothing like family, and other than your parents, your sister is the one person who you can trust and confide in. She will be the one to take care of you, and the one you must take care of. There is nothing we wish more than that your sisterhood will continue to bond as you grow older, and that you will take care of each other throughout your lives. For the next four years, do have a short video chat with her every few days, and do email her when you have a chance.

你已经是一位很棒的姐姐了。虽然你们姐妹打过不少架,但在过去的几年里你们还是成为了最好的朋友。你妹妹很爱你,她很喜欢逗你笑。她仰慕你,把你当做自己的偶像。如你所知,当我们分开时,她非常想念你。当然我知道你也很想她。没有什么能像一家人一样。除了父母,你妹妹是值得你信任、信赖的人。她会成为那个照顾你的人,而你也会成为那个照顾她的人。随着你们渐渐长大,姐妹关系依然能将你们持续联结在一起,没有什么比这更让我们期待的了。在你的生活中,你们会互相照顾彼此。在未来的四年里,每几天与你妹妹进行一次短时间的视频聊天,如果有机会就给她发发邮件。


  College will be the most important years in your life. It is in college that you will truly discover what learning is about. You often question "what good is this course". I encourage you to be inquisitive, but I also want to tell you: "Education is what you have left after all that is taught is forgotten." What I mean by that is the materials taught isn't as important as you gaining the ability to learn a new subject, and the ability to analyze a new problem. That is really what learning in college is about – this will be the period where you go from teacher-taught to master-inspired, after which you must become self-learner. So do take each subject seriously, and even if what you learn isn't critical for your life, the skills of learning will be something you cherish forever.

大学生活将是你生命中最重要的几年。在大学,你会真正发现学习的定义。你经常质疑“这门课程有什么用?”我鼓励你善于发问,但是同时我也想告诉你:教育就是你忘了所有教给你的知识后剩下的东西。我的意思是,教材不如你获得学习新课题的能力重要,也不如你分析新问题的能力重要。大学里真正的学习是指,这是一个你需要从被动学习转向自主学习的阶段,之后你要成为一个很好的自学者。所以请认真对待每一门课程,即使你所学习的知识对于你的生活来说并不重要,你也将会永远珍惜学习的技巧。


  Do not fall into the trap of dogma. There is no single simple answer to any question. Remember during your high school debate class, I always asked you to take on the side that you don't believe in? I did that for a reason -- things rarely "black and white", and there are always many ways to look at a problem. You will become a better problem solver if you recognized that. This is called "critical thinking", and it is the most important thinking skill you need for your life. This also means you need to become tolerant and supportive of others. I will always remember when I went to my Ph.D. advisor and proposed a new thesis topic. He said "I don't agree with you, but I'll support you." After the years, I have learned this isn't just flexibility, it is encouragement of critical thinking, and an empowering style of leadership, and it has become a part of me. I hope it will become a part of you too.

 不要被教条所束缚。没有哪个问题的答案是唯一的。还记得在你高中时的辩论课上,我总是要求你站在你并不认可的那一方吗?我这么做是有原因的——很少有事情是“非黑即白”的,可以从很多角度去看待一个问题。如果你认识到这点,你将会成为一个较好的问题解决者。这就叫“批判性思考”,在你的生活中,这是你所需要的最重要的思考技能。这同样意味着你需要包容和支持他人。我总是回忆起我去找我的博士生导师提出一个新的论文主题这样的一个时刻。他说到:“我不会同意你。但我会支持你。”许多年后,我已经懂得了这并非仅仅是包容,这还是对批判性思考的鼓励,以及一种授权式的领导风格。它已经变成了我的一部分。我希望它也能变成你的一部分。


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