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 , c omparisons o f a ny k ind c ome w ith a s ting (剧痛) f or e veryone. W hen p arents
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 p arents' n eed f or p erfection; o thers m ay 8 , t rying t o b e j ust
like a ny o ther k id, o r, b etter s till, t o b e j ust w ho t hey a re. I n o ther 9 , p arents
who c ompare t heir c hild t o o ther c hildren m ight e nd u p 10 their c hild i s s omehow "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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