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October 29, 2012

"China Sentences Man To Year In Jail For Ringing Exam Bell 5 Minutes Early"

The title of this post is the headline of this (amusing?) article which tells a story that is arguably not quite as bad as it sounds or maybe actually even worse.  Here are the details:

A man in the central Chinese province of Hunan was sentenced to a year in prison for improperly administering the nation's ultra-competitive national college entrance exam, according to multiple reports.

Xiao Yulong, now a former employee of the high school in which the exam was administered, rang the bell and ended the exam four minutes and 48 seconds early, which disrupted the test for approximately 1,000 students, according to the Xinhua news agency.

A written statement issued by the county people's court on October 26 said that Xiao, 54, "was careless in his work and mistakenly rang the bell too early, resulting in adverse social impact."   He was officially sentenced to one year in jail with a one-year reprieve for negligence. However, the one-year reprieve means he will likely serve "either very little or no time inside," Reuters reports.

Thousands of students and parents had gathered in protest against the teacher's actions at the local ministry of education and the school prior to Xiao's sentencing.

The reported reprieve suggests that Xiao Yulong was ultimately just given relative a slap on the wrist; yet it is still remarkable and disturbing that an official's negligent test administration became the subject of a criminal prosecution.  Bringing this story back to the US, perhaps there is a lesson here for politicians worried about underperforming public school systems and competing in the global market with China.  Maybe mayors like Rahm Emanuel need to start advocating for jail time for negligent teachers like in China when facing off with teachers' unions (as public school battles rage on in Chicago and elsewhere).

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Mandarin has a 20,000 character alphabet. Imagine the Chinese Bar Exam. As they are imitating us, they have increased their lawyer number. As a result, crime has gone up in proportion. I encourage them strongly to emulate the American lawyer profession, so they destroy themselves as we are doing. Their laissez faire capitalism is on super steroid, with growth of 9% even in recession. Meanwhile, we are copying Communism and diving headlong into poverty.

China has more Honor Students than we have students. Once they learn to unleash their creativity with yet more freedom, we are cooked.

To survive, we have to crush the American lawyer profession. Cut it down by 80%. End the protection of criminals, and all crime by killing all the criminals. Establish an EBay system in business transactions instead of worthless contract law. End most torts claims, especially those affecting education. By Amendment, exclude the lawyer from all legislative seats, all benches, and all policy positions in the Executive. This is fair and wise the way felons are excluded from an activity relevant to their crimes.

Take the $trillion they steal yearly in rent and worthless paper shuffling, and divert it to research and development. I believe 20% of GDP should go to innovation. It could easily be taken from the law profession. They would all go along after their hierarchy is arrested, tried, and immediately executed for their insurrection against the constitution.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 29, 2012 4:25:21 PM

dear author--

please clarify your last sentence/ joke, I'm curious, are you suggesting that teachers in Illinois should go to jail for going on srike?

Posted by: defense lawyer | Oct 30, 2012 10:36:58 AM

dear author--

please clarify your last sentence/ joke, I'm curious, are you suggesting that teachers in Illinois should go to jail for going on srike?

Posted by: defense lawyer | Oct 30, 2012 11:21:56 AM

I was just trying to make a (bad? insightful?) joke, defense lawyer, based in part on the reality that US teachers' unions tend to be strongly against student performance measures being any part of how they are assessed. Meanwhile, in China, even just an honest mistake which has a slight potential impact on student performance results in a jail sentence for a teacher. Quite a different philosophy as to what matters most in education, no?

Posted by: Doug B. | Oct 30, 2012 5:53:37 PM

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