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is everyhwhere, not just china or east asia, although it seems stronger there. I know the students, or what I call "education slaves", that go to IIT(indian institue of technology) live their early childhood lives pursuing the acceptance of this university. Once a ray of brightness comes out of them as a child they are harvested to become brililliant engineers. Of course a lot of them are not employed unless they come to america, which most of them do. I've seen similar 'education slaves' scenarios in japan, where the kids have like 12 hour school days. |
So, the question is what should be the balance? Well, a selfimposed balance is easy to create, which is what most western students can do...but one imposed by society or government is a little more difficult to obtain. Why, because of how they obtain this standard. Do they poll the students and ask them if things are too roguh or too easy, or do they fullfill their own ambition of the country with their own self interests? I personally think it is the latter of the 3.
joezhang, only you can determine if it will be worth it, right? I mean, an outside entity cannot tell you that it is worth it after you are done. How do you determine if it's worth it? This brings up the lovely word, oppertunity-cost.
Senca, what do you think is better than exams? I think hands on with labs and such are the best tools. I especially think this is lacked in business type degrees. Workshops and such should be introduced and weigh more than the exams. As you said, the exam can be worthless if the content is just remebered, but not practiced. Aside from homwork, I don't see how student in the US can cheat, with the exception of large classes, but those are usually used for basics (scince, english, humanities).