Seacamp/Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
Seacamp（海洋夏令营）/ Newfound Harbor Marine Institute（新发现海洋研究实验室）
Big Pine Key, FL
地址：美国佛罗里达州BIG PINE KEY镇
Since 1992, the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, a residential program for schools at Seacamp, has hosted and taught international students about marine environment in conjunction with Florida Rotary Clubs. International high school exchange students participate in a 3 day educational event along with Florida Keys students.
自1992年以来，新发现海洋研究实验室（Newfound Harbor Marine Institute）作为一个海洋夏令营（Seacamp）的专门给学校学生设计的宿营项目，已经接待了很多来自世界各地的学生，并且通过和佛罗里达旋转俱乐部（Florida Rotary Clubs）的合作向这些国际学生传授海洋环境的知识。来自其他国家的在这里参加高中学生交换计划的年轻人会和佛罗里达的FLORIDA KEYS 本地区的学生一起参加一个为期三天的教育活动。
The goal of the annual International Weekend is to educate students about marine related topics through first-hand observation in the ocean and laboratories. Small groups, each studying a separate topic, learn about the biology and ecology of Florida Keys eco-systems through boat trips, snorkeling and wading. Led by instructors, they gain practical experience in different habitats. Discussion of the biological and social context of the topics helps make a bridge from the Florida Keys to a global perspective.
这个年度国际周末（International Weekend）夏令营活动的目标是，通过学生亲自在海洋上和实验室里观察，教育他们有关海洋的知识。每个小组分别研究不同的课题，通过坐船出海、浮潜和淌水行进，学习关于FLORDIA KEYS当地的生态系统中的生物学和生态学知识。这些活动由指导员带领，学生们会获取各种不同生态群落的实际经验。与这些主题有关的生态环境以及社会背景方面的讨论，则将帮助大家将视线从FLORIDA KEYS这个地方放眼全球。
A round-table discussion is the highlight of the International Weekend. Here, the groups share what they have learned about the various topics, discussing conflicts, potential solutions, and viewpoints. The students adopt a resolution committing to take personal steps to improve the environment. Over 21 years, the International Weekend has hosted 1375 students from 51 countries. This program is a community service event for Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp and no fees are charged.
国际周末（International Weekend）活动的重头戏之一是一个圆桌形式的讨论。在这里各小组将会和大家分享他们针对各自不同主题获得的知识，讨论矛盾冲突问题、潜在的解决方案还有自己的观点。学生们会接受一个决议，立志今后努力提升环境品质。在过去的21年里，国际周末（International Weekend）活动总共接待了来自全球51个国家的1375名学生。这个项目是SEACAMP海洋夏令营的新发现海洋实验室（Newfound Harbor Marine Institute）提供的一个配套服务，不另外收费。
Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence 2013
2013年度艾迪 克雷恩（Edie Klein）奖：优秀营地设计
Camp Mabo/Sound of Music
Camp Mabo(马博夏令营) / Sound of Music（音乐之声）
Agriculture Biotechnology Laboratory Program
农业生物技术实验室项目（Agriculture Biotechnology Laboratory Program）
The Agriculture Biotechnology Laboratory is a green roof project located on the roof of the camp’s cafeteria. It has been designed as a nationwide replicable resource for STEM Education for K-12 institutions. Everything in this lab is based on soilless technologies: soilless substrates, hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics.
The idea came after a recent University of Puerto Rico study revealed that PR is importing over 85% of its fresh foods which travel anywhere from 1,287 miles (5 days travel time) up to 10,627 miles (29 days travel time), not considering the time from harvest, maintaining Puerto Rico’s food security at risk. Also, an additional concern is not whether Puerto Rico has the ability to have access to adequate amounts of food, but if Puerto Rico is having access to nutritional foods since there is a correlation between distance and time of harvest with the loss of nutritional value of fresh foods grown far away and time spent in its transportation.
The lab allows an integration to the school’s summer camps, Camp Mabo/
Sound of Music, in order to enhance knowledge of issues related to Puerto Rico’s
Global Food Security, Climate Change and Childhood Obesity through a nutrition and fitness program at camp. Campers also learn the basic concepts of soilless technologies under a perfect scenario for hands on, real life experiences in a living laboratory.
“Eighty-one per cent worry ‘a lot’ about exams, 63% are afraid of the punishment of teachers, 44% had been physically bullied at least sometimes, with boys more often victims of bullying, and 73% of children are physically punished by parents. Over one-third of children reported psychosomatic symptoms at least once per week, 37% headache and 36% abdominal pain. All individual stressors were highly significantly associated with psychosomatic symptoms.”
来自外国驻华商人 TSO 对失败的中国教育的观察
I have lived in China for 4 years now and here are a few observations:
– every single child I spoke with and asked about how they liked school admitted they hated or at best disliked school. Most children I know are not only forced to spend 10+ hours a day in school / doing homework, but must also attend all sorts of private tutoring classes and schools all in the philosophy to leave as little time as possible for play.
– surprisingly enough almost 100% of parents agreed the school system is insane and destructive to their children’s happiness but would brutally (beating / yelling / threatening / blackmailing) enforce blind obedience and participation in the system. When asked about why they would act in contradiction to their own expressed beliefs they always answered it’s for the “good of our children”. The most disgusting thing is that after a short discussion, pushed against the wall they would always admit the real reason is to avoid social pressure from school employees / people in their environment and to maximize the potential future cashflow the children will be able to send home when they start working (the logic goes: top scores on tests -> best university -> best paid bureaucratic / office job -> most cash per month sent home)
– Chinese school system produces the most hopelessly incompetent brain-dead zombie automatons. Chinese employees are not able to solve any kind of problem which is outside of the standard process they have written on their job instruction paper. As a foreigner try to open a bank account, get a phone number, apply for internet and watch what happens – every single time when they encounter a situation slightly out of the standard workflow, first they say it’s impossible to solve it. After 20 minutes of arguing theygather up in a group of 5 and start discussing the solution. The result is it’s still not possible. Then you suggest a solution which you came up with after using your brain for 5 seconds and magically it’s now possible to arrange your request. I also run a business here and dealing with Chinese suppliers / service providers is a nightmare. As a rule you can always expect them to fail every single time there is a potential for problem solving. Most of the time you have to come up with and explain the solution on your own. As an employer I would never-ever hire a “product” of the Chinese educational system other than for mundane automatic tasks.
Despite the harsh words I don’t mean to look down on the average employee here, my point is to show that in my experience the school system creates short-term memory data regurgitating robots, totally destroys children’s ability for individual thinking, initiative, responsibility and creates people who feel disgust towards learning as soon as they leave the “educational” system, have no hobbies and personal interest and see life as a ladder that needs to be climbed.
I also met a lot of great entrepreneurial minded, enthusiastic, intelligent young people, but most of them lived or studied abroad at least for a short period of time.
Chinese school system is a massive failure, and you will find out first-hand during your next trip to China. I wish all the best to children here who have no choice now but to suffer through it.
Of the four I have hosted, one has become my second son and comes home for holidays from university. The second, whom I only hosted for two months, also is very dear to me and will be coming to our house for holidays. One failed out of high school because he spent most of his time staying up late into the night playing video games online with his Chinese friends. He had the ability, but not the self-discipline to work hard. Even after he failed at the semester, his parents let him stay here, and he wanted to stay because he had more freedom here. The other, unfortunately, is about to fail, and will probably take a year of serious English study before trying to apply again. Her parents were advised to send her to U.S. high school to improve her English. They were assured that after two years, she would do just fine. Unfortunately, our Catholic school did not have ESL, and she never did get strong enough in English to make it.
The education system is completely corrupt. Parents often “pay off” teachers with gifts to improve their child’s academic standing. Some of these teachers receive cars and vacations. This just shows you the lengths that some parents will resort to in order to attain better grades for their children.
My ex-wife is Chinese, and she is driving our children with the same emotional and physical torture to get good grades.
When we married, I told her I wanted to homeschool our children. This worked well until the first one reached school age, when the lies and manipulation began, and then a divorce based upon my not wanting to use full-time daycare while sitting at home.
The bias against fathers was used to take my children away entirely, and now they both do the 12 hours a day in school and homework and I’m not even allowed to talk to them outside of my scheduled “visitations”. All because of the irrational attachment of a victim of the Chinese school system to make more victims out of her own children.
I hear many statements from all of the kids that the parents deliberately came to America to raise their kids because they don’t want their own kids in the punishing, competitive system that they suffered through. Some of them mention that their parents want them to be more creative or inventive, and they know that living in America will help with that.
Within this pool of high-achieving Korean American students, it is interesting to see that some of the best achievers are also what most of us would judge the most well-rounded kids. These are the kids who are allowed (maybe even encouraged) to have non-academic hobbies. They are the kids who have access to computers (most of my students don’t, except for very limited and supervised sessions in order to do homework); they read just for fun, draw, play sports… They seem more relaxed and happy. One of these non-stressed Korean American students told me that, in Korea, her father was a misfit. He was considered a hippie.
I unschooled my own kids, and I bring a fresh perspective to these kids as I tell them truths about, say, the SATs and what college admissions officers want to see in the application essay.