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« on: August 11, 2012, 11:40:18 PM »

Check out this interview of a recent Chinese high school graduate.  They study 90 hours a week, more than most adults work in a week. 

http://hopewelljournal.com/2012/07/profile-a-recent-chinese-high-school-graduate-from-the-city-of-gaobeidian/

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 7:46:29 AM »

Your subject line promises 90 hours a day.

I am not impressed.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 8:20:46 AM »

Chinese high school seniors study 90 hours a day?

Evidently that is not enough, given their lack of understanding of units of time.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 11:31:05 AM »

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Has anyone seen my missing 66 hours a day?  I could publish so much if I could just remember where I put them!  Gosh, I thought I put them with the pile of laundry, but they aren't there...
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2012, 11:47:59 AM »

Chinese high school seniors study 90 hours a day?

Evidently that is not enough, given their lack of understanding of units of time.

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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2012, 11:31:53 PM »

Oh yeah? Well Korean students study 100 hours a day!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2012, 4:24:46 AM »


In Soviet Russia, (fill in your own favorite version)

In any case, studying 90 hours a week is more likely to result in a nervous breakdown and a total collapse of health, than in a better educated student.  There is also a limit on the number of hours in which a child can actually learn.  Beyond this time, you may as well be repeating gibberish to them, for all the good it does.  In 90 hours a week you've more than passed that point, and all you're doing is, essentially, paying a adult to make a class full of kids miserable.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 8:36:14 AM »

Aside from the insanity of night classes for 9 year olds, the early starting times would seem counter productive. See this paper: http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/scarrell/sleep.pdf

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 10:23:50 AM »

Didn't you guys know that they use the metric clock in China?  90 hours for study, ten hours for sleep....
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2012, 10:39:26 AM »

My mom was "Tiger Mother."  She projected powerpoints on the inside of my eyelids even when I was asleep.  I knew my times tables through 19 by the time I was 5.  I learned not only Latin, but Oscan and Umbrian during grammar school thanks to her flashcard and electric shock regimen.  I was able to calculate Plank's constant and discuss quantum everything in junior high.  Y'all are pikers.  She pulled the extra hours a day for study using a time machine I invented, that I'd pop into to read Finnegan's Wake over and over again.
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2012, 10:41:39 AM »

Not a doubt in my mind that at least 40 of those hours could be cut without any appreciable difference in outcome.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2012, 8:25:03 AM »

Not a doubt in my mind that at least 40 of those hours could be cut without any appreciable difference in outcome.

Eh, 18 credits*3 hours/credit is 54 hours of recommended study when I was a student (which leaves out the extra 18 hours we were supposed to be in class).  A 60-hour work week can be maintained indefinitely if one knows how to pace oneself.

I agree, though, that 90 hours is just absurd and 50 hours is much more reasonable.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2013, 11:33:27 PM »

Some of my students take 14 classes at a time. That is far too many and they often fail a lot of them. Those that they don't fail, they leave with very little retention of the material.

The time is spent mostly cramming for tests. Here anyway, the final exam is 80% of their grade and is just parroting back what they were told or read.

There have been several student suicides since I have been here. They jump out of the dormitory windows.

Some things are changing but it is harsh.
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