In the United States, we have the SAT exam. In China, there’s the gaokao exam. In other countries, I’m sure they have their own system of determining the aptitude of their students. The difference between the U.S. and China, however, is how we use those exam scores and the headlines this educational system in China has been making in news lately.
The South University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, according to the Huffington Post, has a more American approach to college entry in that students can apply to the college with low to no score on the gaokao.
Typically, the Chinese use the gaokao exam to determine whether the students of China will enter higher education and, if they do, which tier of university their scores can get them into. The system is commonly known to make students resort to extremes in their studying techniques and sacrificing leisure and even physical exercise.
It all sounds pretty harsh, especially if a student’s scores aren’t adequate enough to get them into any of the universities. If that’s the case, they’d have to reconstruct their plans and possibly abandon their dreams by looking for work and finding a new way to build a life for themselves.
But I think SUSTCS may be what those students need in order to stop fretting over the pressure of cramming for traditional educational systems and actually enjoy their young age while the opportunity of continuing their education is still achievable.