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Should "courageous students" be awarded extra points in Gaokao? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-4-1 10:19:25 |Display all floors
Starting from 2014, high school students in Shandong will be awarded an extra 20 points in the National College Entrance Examination, or Gaokao, if they are deemed to have performed "courageous acts", i.e. helping fight crimes or diving into the river to save drowning people.

As Gaokao is becoming ever more competitive, 20 points will give a huge boost to any student who hopes to be enrolled into a decent college.

While some applaud the move, others have their reservations.

What do you make of the move?

Pro view (2)

The move will encourage more young people to help others and take more responsibility, which is good for the society.

Con view (2)

The move will encourage more young people to take unnecessary risks - they may get hurt or even killed - to earn the extra points.

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Post time 2012-4-9 10:48:11 |Display all floors
goldengrove Post time: 2012-4-9 11:34
I'm all for the policy, at least for its intentions. In a society in which people are becoming ever  ...

I agree with what the Panda said.

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Post time 2012-4-9 12:55:48 |Display all floors
Not sure about exactly how valuable the points are, although I know that exams are extremely competitive.

There are, of course, better ways to tell the students to be good persons. The more they tend to do good on their own -- not because of ulterior motives, perhaps the better. But I agree that people all respond to incentives and "courageous acts" do not necessarily mean you have to lose your life.
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Post time 2012-4-10 15:41:57 |Display all floors

Needlessly endangering your own life shows you are a true intellectual and deserve to study to become a fireman or soldier.

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