Think your homework load is unbearable? Tired of school by June? It may not be as bad as you think! China has a very limited amount of spots for its many students. Because of this, students must perform well on a test called the Gaokao, which is a test used to determine which colleges you may or may not attend. Basically, your entire future is decided by the outcome of this one exam.
Because of the pressure of the exam and the one child policy, students are pushed very hard to succeed. Students will often attend school 12 hours a day and pay for weekend tutors to prepare for the test. PBS' "China Prep" documentary follows five students during their senior year at one of the most competitive high schools in China.
Wide Angle - "China Prep" video
Watch Parts 2-6 and answer the following questions for extra credit:
1. What struck you most about the lives of these students?
2. Do you think you could cut it at this school?
3. Do we push students hard enough in the United States?