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RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Roland Bates - 06-21-2013 09:17 AM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10132391/Riot-after-Chinese-teachers-try-to-stop-pupils-cheating.html

"The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China's notoriously tough "gaokao" exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country's elite universities.

Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province's Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in one subject. Forty five examiners were "harshly criticised" for allowing cheats to prosper.

So this year, a new pilot scheme was introduced to strictly enforce the rules.

When students at the No. 3 high school in Zhongxiang arrived to sit their exams earlier this month, they were dismayed to find they would be supervised not by their own teachers, but by 54 external invigilators randomly drafted in from different schools across the county.

The invigilators wasted no time in using metal detectors to relieve students of their mobile phones and secret transmitters, some of them designed to look like pencil erasers.

A special team of female invigilators was on hand to intimately search female examinees, according to the Southern Weekend newspaper.

Outside the school, meanwhile, a squad of officials patrolled the area to catch people transmitting answers to the examinees. At least two groups were caught trying to communicate with students from a hotel opposite the school gates.

For the students, and for their assembled parents waiting outside the school gates to pick them up afterwards, the new rules were an infringement too far.

As soon as the exams finished, a mob swarmed into the school in protest.

"I picked up my son at midday [from his exam]. He started crying. I asked him what was up and he said a teacher had frisked his body and taken his mobile phone from his underwear. I was furious and I asked him if he could identify the teacher. I said we should go back and find him," one of the protesting fathers, named as Mr. Yin, said to the police later.

By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: "We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."

According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.

Teachers trapped in the school took to the internet to call for help. "We are trapped in the exam hall," wrote Kang Yanhong, one of the invigilators, on a Chinese messaging service. "Students are smashing things and trying to break in," she said.

Another of the external invigilators, named Li Yong, was punched in the nose by an angry father. Mr. Li had confiscated a mobile phone from his son and then refused a bribe to return the handset.

"I hoped my son would do well in the exams. This supervisor affected his performance, so I was angry," the man, named Zhao, explained to the police later.

Hundreds of police eventually cordoned off the school and the local government conceded that "exam supervision had been too strict and some students did not take it well".


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - EVILYOSHIDA - 06-21-2013 12:02 PM

cheating is indeed rampant in China.

"if you ain't cheating you ain't trying" applies in China.

but that area hubei is known for producing smart people.


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Hellfire Awaits - 06-22-2013 06:27 AM

Absolutely shameful.

But you have to realize that the reason why these tests still have predictive value is because they are timed. If you suck at physics, even having the textbook in front of you will not help any. You have to be able to work around the mathematical equations in a timely manner.

This is also true of every subject from biology to literature, CHEAT all you want, but every moment you waste asking for help or looking up answers will detract from time you could be spending elsewhere. In fact a lot of these cheaters trip themselves up by wasting time trying to look for shortcuts, so in many cases it backfires on them terribly.


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Roland Bates - 06-22-2013 07:19 AM

Good posts EY and HA.

I would also point out that recently there have been cheating scandals in the US, but they seem more motivated by teachers and school administrators changing test results in order to get more federal money and bonuses, not students and parents concerned about academic achievement (or a facsimile thereof). In other words, by and large the elites have succeeded in dumbing down the overwhelming portion of the population in the USA.


Re: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - superCalo - 06-22-2013 07:28 AM

Every generation says the generation after it is less intelligent, true or not I wonder if there is something to the notion that generation upon generation there is a decline in work ethic, which why cheating or taking short cuts, the easy way out had become so prevalent

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RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Roland Bates - 07-02-2013 06:46 AM

http://qz.com/99281/chinas-icbc-knocks-bank-of-america-off-the-top-spot-as-the-biggest-bank-in-the-world/

"For the first time, a Chinese bank has been ranked number one in the world. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is now the world’s largest bank by tier one capital—the basic measure of a bank’s financial strength—according to research on the world’s top 1,000 banks compiled by The Banker (paywall).

ICBC’s tier one capital has reached over $160 billion in this year’s survey, up 15% from last year, and it knocked Bank of America from the top spot down to number three. JPMorgan remained second. China occupies four of the top 10 rankings, but overall it is behind both the US and euro zone by tier one capital and only just ahead of the US by total assets. Despite this, its banking sector’s pre-tax profits dwarfed all other regions, at $241.8 billion compared to $144.3 billion for the US.

This year’s rankings give a good indication of the size of China’s banking sector, but not much of its health. A worsening liquidity crisis, somewhat encouraged by the central bank, has spooked investors in recent weeks and cracks have begun to show in the paintwork. Some analysts are concerned about a sub-prime debt time-bomb thought to be hiding inside China’s banking system, and there are still questions about how accurate banks’ measures of their own health really are.

ICBC itself seems to inspire both confidence and concern. China’s banks may be storming up the league tables, but Goldman Sachs cast doubt on ICBC in May when it sold its remaining stake in the bank after a seven-year investment. Others are less pessimistic. Singapore’s state investor, Temasek Holdings, increased its stake to 8.07% even as Goldman departed.

As China’s most powerful bank and employer of over 400,000 people, ICBC has considerable economic clout. Last week, after the central bank seemed to dither in handling of a spike in interbank lending rates, which led to a cash squeeze, speculation over an impending crisis, and falls in the stock market, ICBC’s chairman all but scolded it for poor transparency."


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - EVILYOSHIDA - 07-02-2013 07:04 AM

i heard about that.

It's amazing how fast China is rising.

just like 10-15 years ago US "intellectuals" said it would take until 2050 to overtake the US in terms of GDP.


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Hellfire Awaits - 07-02-2013 07:40 AM

Per capita GDP (purchasing power parity) is already past $10,000 in China. (Well, it has been for a while.)

WOW.



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RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - EVILYOSHIDA - 07-02-2013 07:42 AM

yeah. yet western subverters are calling for "revolution"

everyone's lives are improving. I see it.

I see old hillbilly chinese ladies at starbucks buying 6 dollar coffee!!


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Royce - 07-03-2013 06:20 AM

Haven't seen a good Chinese movie or heard a good Chinese song in years. Really have to dig in the crates to find something decent.


RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - EVILYOSHIDA - 07-03-2013 06:21 AM

Hey cyborg.. nice to see you here again.

What did you like before?


Re: RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - sycotik - 07-03-2013 06:34 AM

(07-02-2013 07:42 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  yeah. yet western subverters are calling for "revolution"

everyone's lives are improving. I see it.

I see old hillbilly chinese ladies at starbucks buying 6 dollar coffee!!

Wait, there are hillbilly Chinese? I am from West Virginia. Stupid question I know but do they have their own dialect or words that other people do not use? I use terms people outside of Appalachia do not understand. I am curious. If so, I am moving to a hillbilly Chinese place.

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RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - EVILYOSHIDA - 07-03-2013 06:36 AM

there are 100s of diff. dialects in China.

yeah there are country folks and city folks..

i'm starting to see country folks buy starbucks and 6 dollar lattes LMFAO.


Re: RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - sycotik - 07-03-2013 06:43 AM

(07-03-2013 06:36 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  there are 100s of diff. dialects in China.

yeah there are country folks and city folks..

i'm starting to see country folks buy starbucks and 6 dollar lattes LMFAO.

I need a job. Hook me up. I could teach the hillbilly Chinese my hillbilly american ways! Is there a market for that?

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RE: Chinese Culture. Movies. Music. Food. Here. - Royce - 07-03-2013 06:57 AM

(07-03-2013 06:21 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  Hey cyborg.. nice to see you here again.

What did you like before?

Haha, I pop by once in a while. I'm still a huge Jay Chou fan. Bust out his music every once in a while. Stephen Chow fan when it comes to movies, but he hasn't done anything decent in like a decade.