I. 完型填空 (共20小题；每小题1分, 满分20分)
We humans love to make comparisons. On the market, we 1 to find the best ones. In the classroom teachers compare their students to the 2 . And parents compare their child to his or her peers to 3 an idea of what is normal.
4 , comparisons of any kind come with a sting (剧痛) for everyone. When parents make it clear to anyone that their child is
5 to all other children in all ways, they put their child under
6 . Some children will obey when they are pressured to
7 their parents' need for perfection; others may
8 , trying to be just like any other kid, or, better still, to be just who they are. In other
9 , parents who compare their child to other children might end up 10 their child is somehow "deficient (有缺点的)". And, again, they pressure their child to be 11 enough.
A most disturbing 12 of all this comparing is that it pushes children into the destructive world of competition. "In a 13 culture, a child is told that it isn't enough to be good—he or she must 14 other," writes Alfie Kohn, a
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