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《考研英语阅读理解100篇 基础版》第3章 信息技术类 Unit 32

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Tennis hopeful Jamie Hunt,16,felt he could not become a world-class junior player while attending a regular school.The international circuit has players on the road 50% of the time—and it's hard to focus on your backhand when you’re worrying about being on time for homeroom.So last year Hunt,who hones his ground strokes at Elite TNT Tennis Academy in April Sound,Texas,enrolled for academics in the $9,750-a-year University of Miami Online High School(UMOHS),a virtual school that caters to athletes.“The online school gives me the flexibility I need,” says Hunt.“The workload is the same,but I can do it anywhere.It's nicer to ask a question face-to-face with a teacher,but in some ways it prepares me better for college because I have to be more independent.” A year ago,Hunt's world junior ranking was 886; now it's 108.  
Virtual high schools,which allow students to take classes via PC,have emerged as an increasingly popular education alternative,particularly for on-the-go athletes.UMOHS has more than 400 students enrolled,65% of whom are athletes. Accredited by the 100-year-old Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,UMOHS offers honors and advanced-placement classes.All course material is online,along with assignments and due dates.For help,says principal Howard Liebman,“a student may e-mail,instant message or call the teacher.”  
Dallas mom Lori Bannon turned to another online school,Laurel Springs in Ojai,Calif.Bannon,who has a medical degree from Harvard,didn’t want to compromise the education of her daughter Lindsay,13,an élite gymnast who spends eight hours a day in the gym.“Regular school was not an option,” says Bannon,“but I wanted to make sure she could go back at grade level if she quit gymnastics.” Laurel Springs’ enrollment has increased 35% a year for the past four years,to 1,800 students.At least 25% are either athletes or child entertainers.  
Educators are split on the merits of such schools.Paul Orehovec,an enrollment officer for the University of Miami,admits,“I was somewhat of a skeptic.But when I looked into their programs and accreditation,I was excited.UMOHS is the first online school to be granted membership in the National Honor Society.” Kevin Roy,Elite's director of education,sees pitfalls and potential in virtual schools.“You will never have that wonderful teacher who inspires you for life,” says Roy.“But the virtual school offers endless possibilities.I don’t know where education's imagination will take this.”  
注(1):本文选自Time;  
注(2):本文习题命题模仿对象:第1、2、3、5题分别模仿2004年真题Text 4第1、2题,Text 1第2题和Text 3第5题;第4题模仿2014年真题Text 2第4题。  
1.What does Jamie Hunt get from the virtual school?  
A) The ability to perfect his tennis skills.  
B) The time to do his school work.  
C) The flexibility to finish the workload anywhere.  
D) The independence he needs to be a good tennis player.  
2.We can learn from the text that virtual high schools ______.  
A) make it possible for athletes to receive training without delaying their school work  
B) have gained ground as a major education form  
C) are cheaper than real schools  
D) prepare students better for colleges  
3.Which of the following is NOT a practice in a virtual school?  
A) Visiting a homeroom on time.  
B) E-mailing teachers for questions.  
C) Getting course materials online.  
D) Taking classes via a PC.  
4.Lori Bannon turned to online school because ______.  
A) virtual school has more athlete students  
B) virtual school offers better education  
C) her daughter is an elite gymnast  
D) regular school cannot meet her daughter's condition  
5.To which of the following is the author likely to agree?  
A) The education provided by virtual schools is yet to be recognized by authorities.  
B) Educators are divided as to whether students should take virtual schools.  
C) Despite the defects,virtual schools show great potentials.  
D) Regular schools will be replaced by virtual schools sooner or later.  
 
16岁的网坛小将杰米·亨特认为,他如果就读普通学校,就不可能成为世界级的青年运动员。参加国际巡回比赛的运动员50%的时间都在路上——当你担心自己不能准时出现在年级教室时,你就很难把注意力集中在反手击球上。所以去年亨特注册成为专为运动员开办的迈阿密大学网上中学(UMOHS)的学生,每年学费为9750美元。目前他正在位于得克萨斯州艾波桑德(April Sound)的“TNT精英网球学院”苦练击触地球技术。“这个网上学校使我可以根据需要灵活安排学习时间,”亨特说道。“学习任务不变,但我可以在任何地方学习。当面问老师问题当然好,但网上学校可以让我在某些方面更好地为上大学做准备,因为我必须更加独立。”一年前,亨特在国际青少年运动员排名中位列886位,现在已经升至108位。  
虚拟中学通过个人电脑上课,正在成为一种越来越受欢迎的教育选择,对于那些忙碌的运动员来说尤其适合。迈阿密大学网上中学已经有400多名注册学生,其中65%都是运动员。该校得到了有着百年历史的南部院校协会的授权,可以授予荣誉,并为优秀学生提供大学预科班课程。所有的课程材料和课堂作业以及完成日期等信息都登在网上。如果需要帮助的话,该校校长霍华德·利伯曼说:“学生可以发电子邮件、发短信或者打电话和老师联系。”  
达拉斯的洛丽·班农是一位母亲,她找到了另外一家网上学校,位于加利福尼亚州奥吉的劳雷尔·斯普林斯学校。班农毕业于哈佛大学医学院,她的女儿林赛今年13岁,是一个出色的体操运动员,每天都要在体育馆训练8小时。她不想耽误女儿的教育。“上不了普通学校,”班农说,“但我想确保她退役后学习还能跟得上。”劳雷尔·斯普林斯学校的注册人数在过去4年中以每年35%的速度增长,已经达到了1800人。其中至少有25%的学生要么是运动员,要么是儿童演员。  
教育专家对这种学校的价值没有形成一致的意见。保罗·奥赫维克是迈阿密大学负责注册的官员,他承认,“我曾经心存疑虑。但是当我看了他们的教学计划和鉴定书之后,我感到十分振奋。迈阿密大学网上中学是第一个成为‘全国优等生联合会会员’的网上学校。”精英学校的教务长凯文·罗伊既看到了虚拟学校的不足,也看到了它们的潜力。“你不会碰到影响你一生的好老师,”罗伊说。“但虚拟学校却提供了无限可能性。我不知道教育的想象力会把这种可能性发挥到什么地步。”  
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