• 为坚持和发展中国特色社会主义凝聚共识、汇聚力量 2019-11-15
  • 广西高校东盟留学生包粽子欢庆端午节 2019-10-16
  • 精兵劲旅·血染征途:古田会议——人民军队的军魂在这里铸造 2019-10-16
  • 自然资源部:不动产登记信息管理基础平台已实现全国联网 2019-09-28
  • 沃尔沃全新S60高性能版官图曝光 2019-09-25
  • 【十九大·理论新视野】动漫:“人类命运共同体”如何构建 2019-09-25
  • 90后创业者成电商谷第100家园企 ——凤凰网房产北京 2019-09-17
  • 鸟瞰“中国围屋之乡” 造型独特如城堡 2019-09-17
  • 庆祝人民日报创刊70周年系列访谈之温宪 2019-09-09
  • 夏威夷火山熔岩入太平洋 水火相激毒烟蒸腾直扑天际 2019-09-09
  • 2018年世界杯防骗宝典!拒绝和骗子一起狂欢! 2019-09-03
  • 超200种常用处方药有致抑郁可能 2019-08-23
  • 人民日报评论员观察:主动作为,书写对外开放新篇章 2019-08-23
  • 反制更快更强更准!中国坚决打赢对美贸易自卫反击战! 2019-08-18
  • 以仪式守护节日文化(艺海观澜) 2019-08-18
  • Band-Aid solutions won’t work to cut exam stress

    By Yan Yunming Source:Global Times Published: 2019/11/8 23:23:39

    Photo: IC



    My younger cousin will take his national college entrance exam, commonly known as Gaokao, next summer. Reaching school at 6:35 am and leaving at 10 pm from Monday to Saturday, he has been slogging for months. And on Sunday, the only day that he can be out of school, extra-curricular tutorials await him.

    I can easily read exhaustion and anxiety on his face, and even on the faces of his parents. My aunt and uncle, in their 40s, match their schedule with their son's - they drive him to and from school every day to let their "baby" sleep longer. They are fearful of any tiny possibility that might ruin their kid's huge efforts for the exam. This critical exam, which is believed to be a life-changing event by many Chinese, is like a fire burning in their hearts, setting them restless.

    This is probably the normal state of most Chinese high school students and parents as the Gaokao approaches. In fact, many parents start preparing for this exam way before senior high school.

    Every time I pass by Haidian Huangzhuang, a hub for educational institutions and cram schools in Beijing, overwhelming advertisements cross my sight. There are customized courses of all kinds for high school, middle school, and primary school students. Even newborns are not spared - my 18-month nephew has begun to take English classes.

    An advertising hoarding impressed me deeply, "If you send your kid here, we will cultivate him/her. If you don't, we will cultivate his/her competitors." It exactly mirrors the anxiety of Chinese parents: Once they slack off, hundreds of competitors may defeat their children.

    Sometimes I feel that parents' anxiety is so severe that it even makes me, an unmarried woman, start to worry about education issues of my children to be born in the future. 

    Maybe it is against such a backdrop that the government has been trying to relieve the stress of students and parents. After the Ministry of Education in December 2018 published a notice to ease students' burden, such as asking schools to control the amount of homework and strictly managing after-school training institutions, education departments of many cities and provinces have recently come out with more concrete measures. 

    In late October, East China's Zhejiang Province published a draft regulation on cutting the workload of students, including one clause granting rights to primary school pupils to refuse to do homework after 9 pm with parents' permission. And for middle school students, the time is 10 pm. In Nanjing, the capital of neighboring Jiangsu Province, similar rules have been laid down. 

    However, such measures, which should have been applauded by the society, are slammed by a great number of parents, who complain that they will instead pile more pressure.

    A parent in Nanjing even wrote an article, which went viral, titled "Nanjing parents are driven crazy," claiming that the measures will only turn students into "relaxed, joyful and mentally healthy losers." 

    Indeed, as long as the exam mechanism is still there, and as long as Gaokao is still there, such simple and rigid clauses can hardly relieve the anxiety of parents and students. If schools close early, they are likely to seek extra-curricular classes. If after-school training institutions are prohibited, they might find family tutors. After all, with poor grades, no matter how well a child performs in other domains, he/she may be regarded a "loser."

    Therefore, what we really should focus on is how to improve the education system and social concepts. In the short run, take Zhejiang's regulation, rather than limiting times, a better solution might be reducing mechanical and repetitive homework and assigning only essential tasks. In the long term, other selection mechanisms could be set, and grades should by no means be taken as the only standard to define a student.

    I hope that a few years later, if I have my own kid, I would be a happy mother who can wholeheartedly accept a "relaxed, joyful and mentally healthy" child, regardless of his/her grades.

    The author is a reporter with the Global Times. [email protected]

    Posted in: VIEWPOINT

  • 为坚持和发展中国特色社会主义凝聚共识、汇聚力量 2019-11-15
  • 广西高校东盟留学生包粽子欢庆端午节 2019-10-16
  • 精兵劲旅·血染征途:古田会议——人民军队的军魂在这里铸造 2019-10-16
  • 自然资源部:不动产登记信息管理基础平台已实现全国联网 2019-09-28
  • 沃尔沃全新S60高性能版官图曝光 2019-09-25
  • 【十九大·理论新视野】动漫:“人类命运共同体”如何构建 2019-09-25
  • 90后创业者成电商谷第100家园企 ——凤凰网房产北京 2019-09-17
  • 鸟瞰“中国围屋之乡” 造型独特如城堡 2019-09-17
  • 庆祝人民日报创刊70周年系列访谈之温宪 2019-09-09
  • 夏威夷火山熔岩入太平洋 水火相激毒烟蒸腾直扑天际 2019-09-09
  • 2018年世界杯防骗宝典!拒绝和骗子一起狂欢! 2019-09-03
  • 超200种常用处方药有致抑郁可能 2019-08-23
  • 人民日报评论员观察:主动作为,书写对外开放新篇章 2019-08-23
  • 反制更快更强更准!中国坚决打赢对美贸易自卫反击战! 2019-08-18
  • 以仪式守护节日文化(艺海观澜) 2019-08-18
  • 四不像一肖中特图 百人牛牛鱼丸游戏 移动棋牌赢话费 一码中特规律 蒸蒸日上顶呱刮吧 老11选5开奖查询 牛牛体育 诺安股票基金净值 新疆十一选五胆拖列表 斯诺克即时比分