The IV drip

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

A new Chinese torture
We all know how seriously many Asian students take their studies. Scholars at the Xiagon No. 1 High School – a state institution in China’s Hubei province – took dedication to a whole new level by hooking themselves up to IV drips to boost their pass marks in university entrance examinations.

The unusual experiment performed in class was done with parental and school approval. The purpose was to test the theory that a constant flow of amino acids into the arm can make the difference between academic success and failure.

Students at the school say they were all volunteers, although it is likely that once one group started others would not want to be left behind by something that could give a competitive advantage. The experiment did not show that amino acids did anything other than make students even more anxious.

In China, as in many other countries, gaining entrance to university is becoming increasingly difficult. Students feel added pressure from their families, because their future employment is also considered to be the family retirement plan.

Category: Spring 2012

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