PartⅡReading Comprehension (40 points)
The new year brought new desks for students at Vallecito Elementary School, in San Rafael, California. The last three of the school’s 22 classrooms switched from seated desks to standing desks. “It’s now the first all-standing school,” Juliet Starrett told TFK. She started the group StandUp Kids. Her goal is to have every U.S. public school kid using a standing desk within the next 10 years.
Starrett’s daughters—Georgia, 10, and Caroline, 7—attend Vallecito. They are thrilled with their desks. “You feel happier, you’re less tired, and you’re more active,” Georgia says.
Some of the desks have wheels and fidget bars. The bars let kids move in a way that doesn’t disturb the class. Wheels allow the desks to be moved easily. The desks also adjust to different heights. Kids take breaks by sitting on the floor.
There is the trend of designing things to make them easy and safe to use. According to Mark Benden, director of the Texas A&M Center, standing workers are more focused and healthier. He says his research shows that kids using standing desks are more engaged and burn more calories (卡路里). In December, researchers in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom released similar findings. But not everyone is convinced standing is better than sitting. Some parents and teachers worry that kids will get tired and that standing for long periods of time may be harmful. And standing desks are more expensive.
Benden says both sitting and standing desks can cause problems if they are not the proper height. “Our message should not be ‘Sit less, stand more,’” he says, “but ‘Sit less, move more.’”
11. How many classrooms in Vallecito are equipped with standing desks?
12. What is Paragraph 3 mainly about?
A. Why standing desks are used.
B. Where standing desks are used.
C. How standing desks are used.
D. Who use standing desks.
13. Mark Benden’s research shows that kids using standing desks .
A. feel more tired
B. are more focused
C. get better scores
D. tend to eat more
14. The researchers in Australia and the UK (para. 4) .
A. would agree with Benden
B. are not fully convinced by Benden
C. partly support Benden’s findings
D. find it hard to accept Benden’s theory
15. Some parents and teachers worry that using standing desks may .
A. disturb the kids in class
B. leave the classroom noisy
C. harm the students’ health
D. increase the teachers’ workload