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Meet Amazing Americans 科学家与发明家 玛格利特米德 (Margaret Mead)
 
Page from a child's notebook with writing
玛格利特详细记录她妹妹的行为

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独特的童年时期

对米德一家而言,教育是很重要的一环,但那并不仅指上学一事;玛格利特的家人认为让小孩整天待在室内并坐在书桌前是件错误的事,所以有几年的时间,玛格利特都待在家中自学,她的教学工作由祖母及其他家人负起,上课场地则时而室外,时而室内。

玛格利特学会如何观察事物并将眼睛看到的东西记录下来,就像她妈妈怀她的时候所做的事。玛格利特观察身边的每件事,如:大自然。但她对人特别感兴趣。玛格利特有两个妹妹:普莉西拉 (
Priscilla) 及伊莉莎白 (Elizabeth) ,她的祖母分派给她的功课就是观察她的两个妹妹并随时做笔记。玛格利特注意到即使还是个婴孩,她们也各自拥有不同的个性,这儿有一页玛格利特的笔记,看起来像是她的小妹妹普莉西拉饿了!


Education was important to the Mead family, but that didn't always mean going to school. Margaret's family thought it was wrong for children to have to sit at desks indoors all day long, so Margaret spent several years at home learning from her grandmother and the rest of the family, both indoors and outdoors.

Margaret learned how to observe things and write down what she saw, just as her mother had done with her. Margaret observed everything around her, including nature, but especially people. Margaret had two younger sisters, Priscilla and Elizabeth. Her grandmother assigned her to watch them and take notes. Margaret noticed that they had different personalities, even when they were babies. Here's a page from Margaret's notes. It sounds like her little sister, Priscilla, is hungry!


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