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中文博主按:这当然是我远方的美女妹妹翻译的作品。她很认真,对flatware研究了很久。在我看来,对一个人的思想感兴趣,通常会对他的言行和轶事,都感兴趣。在我看来,这是学问与论文的最大差别。写论文时,你不必要关心你引用了的观点究竟来自一个什么样的人;但是,做学问的人,却会相信这个成功的人背后,一定有着很多奇特的故事。


My Family's Flatware
我家的餐具们

Afterreading a previous post about my educational history, Dennis Manganwrites, "One has the distinct impression that Professor Mankiw was bornwith an academic silver spoon in his mouth." I am not quite sure whatthat means, but in light of other bloggers' recent interest in classautobiography, let me offer the curious a few facts about my family andearly life.

Dennis Mangan读了我以前家庭教育史帖子后,写道:“人们有一种特别的印象,即曼昆教授口衔一学术银匙而生。”对此我很是莫名其妙,但是,其他博客最近对此类传记也津津乐道,那就让我给这些好奇的人们,讲讲我的家庭,我的早期人生。

Myfour grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ukraine almost acentury ago. None of them had more than a fourth-grade education. Mymother was born and raised in Trenton, N.J., my father in Bayonne,N.J., in immigrant communities. Both finished high school, but neitherhad the opportunity to continue on to college. When I was growing up,my parents sensed that I was languishing in the public schools.(Halfway through second or third grade, the teacher called in my motherto tell her the results of a standardized aptitude test: "Greg didwell. We were very surprised.") My parents made what must have been asignificant financial sacrifice for them to send me to a good privateschool, where most of the other kids were from families higher up thesocioeconomic ladder (doctors, lawyers, etc). Being reasonablysuccessful at that school got me into Princeton (and also Yale,Stanford, and MIT, but not, alas, my first choice, Harvard, whichwait-listed me). The rest of the story is told in the previous post.

一个世纪以前,我的四个祖父母从乌克兰移民到美国,他们只有四年的教育程度。我的母亲出生长大在新泽西州的特伦顿;父亲出生长大在新泽西州的巴约纳,都生活在移民社区。他们完成了高中教育,但没有机会继续上大学。当我长大的时候,我的父母意识到,在公立学校已经无法满足我的需要(在二年或三年过半时,老师把我标准化能力测试成绩告诉母亲时说:“Greg做得很好,我们对他的成绩感到非常惊讶”)。所以此后,我的父母竭尽所能倾其所有,把我送到一所好的私立学校去读书,那里大多数孩子,都来自社会经济基础较好的家庭(如医生,律师等)。那时,在那所学校,我可以相当顺利地进入普林斯顿大学(也可以是耶鲁大学,斯坦福大学,以及麻省理工学院,但没有,唉,我的第一选择--哈佛--把我列入到了候选人名单之列)。
其余的故事,在以前的帖子里,已经告诉你们了。

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