In some societies such as the small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei China, angry students and parents rebelled after the province's education department attempted to implant stricter enforcements to avoid cheating. The Chinese National Higher Education Exam or "gaokao" (高考) is a prerequisite as a means of the student's admittance into college. At this high school where 800 students as well as parents trapped and pelted rocks at the supervisors who were brought in from other areas to monitor the best were trapped in the exam hall with the tests after the supervisors enforced a policy to prevent cheating.
Growing up in society where cheating is so common and prevention is so evidently non-existence because this corruption. Students means of entering college is through one exam in which determines their entrance into colleges. There's increased pressure for each parents' "only child" to get into college and earn an education.This complicates the cheating policy and pressures children into cheating because if they earn a high score on the test, they can get into college.
A scientific surveying children from 9 to 12 years old stated that "The competitive and punitive educational environment leads to high levels of stress and psychosomatic symptoms,"; these symptoms include headaches and stomach pains. The study concluded. "Measures to reduce unnecessary stress on children in schools should be introduced urgently."
Stanford psychology professor, Carol Dweck has researched that "when people focus on a score rather than on improvement, they develop a fixed idea of their intellectual abilities. They come to see school not as a place to grow and learn, but as a place to demonstrate their intelligence by means of a number. To a student with that mind-set, the importance of doing well, and the temptation to cheat, increases. "
When one cheats, especially when they get away with it, can have a large impact. Enforcement to prevent is necessary if one wants to attempt to eliminate cheating. If we allow one student to cheat, soon every student will cheat. If there's no consequences to cheating, students will be willing to take a risk because there won't be a downside. If college admittance was focused less on the standardized testing and more on the overall grades the student earns throughout the year on tests, quizzes, and projects, students will feel less pressured to cheat. When one has to know the material throughout the year, one can't cheat on one test and have it determine the student's fate. It's a different mindset that one needs to consistently work hard in order to earn their goal and focuses less on cheating.
"I would say they are a generation not of spoiled offspring, but of followers, not leaders, with little to no motivation to work as a team and accomplish goals in the most effective and timely manner," Jimi Sides, an American teacher who works in China, wrote in China's Global Times newspaper.
The focus on entering colleges should not be focused on standardized testing and one "gaokao" test. Colleges should find those who are going to be the creators, innovators and leaders of the future, and not those who are able to cheat and take a standardized test. The college application system should be focused on finding people, not just test scores. In this way, cheating can be greatly reduced and colleges will be filled with students who will consistently work to become successful.
Article by Alvina Zou, posted by Lauren Kam