The China Memoirs #11
Currently I am still in China with my wife and I saw something really interesting today that I want to share with everyone back home.
Ninth Graders in China are currently preparing for a very large test that will allow them into high school… really? [High school goes from 10th to 12th grade in China.] In the states we NEVER had an ENTRANCE exam into high school, BUT Chinese students can receive high school completely free until they graduate. Only the very best students can have entrance into high school as long as their grades are sufficient. These students have to suffer through some serious rigorous examinations for both Chinese and English. As English is a REQUIRED language in China for all students until and through 9th grade. Just think if Spanish, French, or Chinese was a required language for all of Americans… all students then could claim bilingual status and everyone (I think) would get along just that much better 🙂
Here is a picture from the current middle school that we taught in Xi An Feng.
Here is another link to the same photo: http://360.io/52RbLz
The above link is to a “panorama”-like photo that is taken with Occipital 360 application on my iPhone. It works pretty good.
Here is a slew of other photos with the amount of books that they carry during their 9th Grade term… I feel like these kids think that this 9th Grade exam is insurmountable at best.
Not gonna lie… these kids are quite adorable and really do work hard to get their grades top notch.
Anyways! We will be back in the states soon enough! Excited to continue teaching, BUT the prospect of being in Chicago with my family (when it isn’t blizzarding outside) will be quite nice indeed!