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Established in 2003, the independent recruitment system allows certain universities to recruit students using their own standards. All students still must take the gaokao, but if they pass the independent exams, this helps their chances of getting into a prestigious school if their gaokao score is low. While some experts said the independent tests are a significant reform that will change the fact that "one test decides your future, " others criticized the system for intensifying education inequality and being unfair for the students from disadvantaged areas.

Such accusations were fueled in 2015 when Renmin University asked candidates to conduct an experiment or describe their feelings about visiting a museum. Parents of rural students complained this was unfair to those who never had a chance to visit a museum or a laboratory. It sparked public uproar, with many slamming the process, which claims to promote equity, for reinforcing the privileges of urban students. After checking recruitment lists for Tsinghua and Peking University in 2016, the Global Times found the number of rural students was much lower than that of urban students.

Are independent recruitment tests fair to rural students? What should the government do to ensure education equality?

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I feel China is hopeless. It does not learn what it should learn. It is merely reproducing elite institutions and these have to be filled with paying users.

Will the powers-that-be one day think what is in the best interest of the economy and the people themselves? There is no need for more academic proles in China. There is, however, an unmet demand for people with an interest in what they are doing, and an education to go along with it. In other words: China needs vocational schools and apprentices who can tell a hammer from a chopstick. When will China finally have such professionals???

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You cannot dumb down the qualification requirements for those whose education is not adequate to pass a test. It would be like appointing a nurse to become a heart surgeon.  
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This post was edited by markwu at 2017-6-15 13:21

A: Well, disparity is a challenge these days all over the world. Whether it is economic disparity which many like to think has as its root education opportunities or whether it is some other type of disparity is just academic. All are buffeted by the winds of global change so who finds the first solutions will get the first prizes, no?

B: You can't solve the disparity challenge head-on. Take telecommunications. Until the advent of mobile towers, many in other countries had a problem with urban-rural telecom access because to lay a fixed line to remote places gives only low marginal economic returns which would mean such an enterprise at best will have to be a subsidy to survive. But then they noticed the trend of urbanization which means the problem of lack of rural telecom access reduced itself since demand moved into the cities. Seen in that perspective, a disparity problem such as telecom can over time disappear when another trend kicks in. Or technology such as mobile comes in. Or both.

A: So, you're saying let trends over time tell while one meanwhile searches for best-fit technology solutions? But what has all that got to do with this topic of additional and independent assessment of students for placements?

B: That's a minor topic underneath which a big challenge about education. It's minor because it's so easy to be sensitive about how one designs the tests. Just make sure the questions honor both urban and rural applicants equally. Test them not on museums or other urban outfits but on generic critical thinking topics to flesh out the heart of the matter, namely whether they have any inherent seeds of wisdom for their age that is the prelude to a capacity for mental flowering which is what the education they are applying for should target. After all, someone said that 'wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it (A.E.)', true?

A: So what is the big challenge that impedes the test designers from being sensitive to the disparity challenge of the applicants?

B: Mindset maintaining status quo.

A: Ah, finally you are starting to salvage some courage lost in the aftermath of a life sundered.
But are you still timid about the matter?

B: Au contraire, let me now freeze 'let time tell' and put it aside, then offer this: what we need is a revolution in education.

A: (one eyebrow crooks upwards).

B: You see, the problem is historical legacy. Too much internal strife trying to respond to foreign interference had disrupted the roll of pragmatic development. Fortunately, our Deng saw through the white-black disparity and kicked off with Shenzhen which became the first of an enviable list of mecca's of a new industrialization that unleashed the full force of Chinese entrepreneurial energies.

What was the historical legacy problem? It was the effect of suddenly finding the world had moved on so that catch-up is necessary to survive and be relevant. You can't have one fifth of the human race losing out on the race to be relevant, can you? Glad to say she has caught up.

A: But....

B: Yes, but the going's tough. Why? Because the teachers, lecturers and educational administrators are not revolutionary enough to upend the timid status quo of top-down pedagogy.

A: And why?

B: Is that so? Remember that paper on the machine in that photocopy shop i had mentioned elsewhere?

A: Yes

B: It was a scientific article. From a scientific database produced in the west. Suddenly its significance hit me in the light of everything. The challenge of education reform here is because it is hard to upend quickly the historical legacy. And that is because of a human factor. Namely those who teach are finding out that those who learn from them can on their own pick up all the   progress made elsewhere todate that had caused the historical disparity both are challenged to close. Namely, global knowledge. What does that mean? It means the former at best are only one or two steps ahead of their charges on matters education. That's why they try to maintain a top-down dish-out pedagogical method.

A: Are you therefore suggesting the revolution-in-education is to upend that and change from push down to pull up?

B: Hmmm...maybe.

A: What maybe?! You can't start a revolution with maybe's, you know.

B: Sheer cowardice, you can add. No, what i am thinking about is Shenzhen. You can't do a revolution without energy. And Shenzhen's energy came from - wait, let me try to recall what it is. Yes, open source.

A: Open source??

B: Well, technology-wise that can mean making e-learning central to rural students who don't come to the centres in urban places. But e-learning is not too inspirational and can hardly displace person-to-person interactions and a fertile learning environment. So when i mention open source, i don't mean just the technology but also a new operating model for education.

A: But what form can that model take which will address the dilemma's of the teachers and lecturers, the policy-makers for that matter?

B: Maybe others can chip in now and give their ideas....

A: You really are yellow.

B: It's a nice color, don't you agree?

A: (rubs chin) Wait a minute. You're trying to tie your OS education model with Industrial Revolution 3.0, Manufacturing 4.0 and China 2025. Hmm, you are actually deeper than you look.

B: (pupils of eyes come together at bridge of nose).

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Post time 2017-6-15 14:23:07 |Display all floors
Due to limited precious resources in China, many innovative methods would be introduced to sieve out top talents. However, many so called top talents were identified at young age but did not perform as expected after enrolling in their university program. Some even had to be woke up in the morning and chased to attend classes. Nothing new! Just that it is and must be reviewed thoroughly!

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Post time 2017-6-15 15:24:58 |Display all floors
In any case, it is quite unfair to base early and even high school education so much on rote learning (just to try fulfill standards set by Beijing in every school), and then university recruitment standards on something completely different, which is not available to every student.

Though I would also call it population management and control. China already had one revolution by farmers and peasants, and they don't want another. Thus why educate the farmers' children...

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