Chinese High School Pays for IV Drips for Studying Students
This story (linked in the video below) first appeared on CNN in May 2012. The New York Times Magazine also published a similar investigation in December 2014.
Chinese students are world-class test takers. It costs them all of their time.
All. Of. Their. Time… so much so that investing in amino acid IV drips is considered money well spent at Hubei province’s largest high school. The school pays 90 percent of the cost of the IV, and the student, 10 percent. (In 2012, the cost of one amino acid IV drip was 100 Yuan, or approximately $16.)
This brief video has that story, and more– including information on South Korea’s “exam hell” and its suicide rate among young people as being highest in the world. (The South Korean government has even tried to curb suicides by restricting sale of a certain pesticide.)
So, yes, when it comes to test taking, China and South Korea will beat the US every time.
IV or no IV, testing is what they do.
But when there is no test for which to cram, outcomes are quite different.
Consider the number of Nobel Prize winners by country. This list is from 2013, but it surely proves a point:
Mastering tests does not transfer to winning Nobel Prizes.
The USA leads the world in the number of Nobel laureates: 344 as of 2013.
No other country even comes close to that number.
The countries that follow the US in numbers of Nobel laureates are the United Kingdom (119), Germany (104), France (65), Sweden (30), Russia (27), Switzerland (26), Canada (23), Austria (22), Italy (20)…
Netherlands (19), Poland (16), Denmark (14), Australia (13), Hungary (12), Israel (12), Belgium (11), Norway (11), South Africa (11)…
and then the number drops below ten.
China– with a population four times the size of the US– has had nine Nobel laureates.
South Korea has two.
Hong Kong has one.
Taiwan has one.
As I heard University of Oregon professor Yong Zhao say recently, there is a cost for Asian countries’ being world-class test takers:
And I will add joie de vivre.
Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.
She also has her second book available on pre-order, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, due for publication June 12, 2015.