Are we being Punk’d by Tiger Mom?

Posted Friday, May 11th 2012 at 9:24am

In an effort to assist students study for the notoriously difficult National College Entrance Examination, the Xiaogan No.1 High School in central China's Hubei province provides intravenous drips of amino acids to those who request them. Photos showing Chinese teens studying while hooked up to IVs hanging from the ceiling have gone viral, and the blogosphere has lit up with opinions on the subject.

School officials say that more than 38 seniors have taken advantage of the pre-exam injection to improve their physical condition and energy supply. Many in China's population of over 1.3 billion people have long viewed the June college entrance exam, or the "Gaokao,” as a make-or-break test that can determine future careers and accomplishment.


Despite medical experts’ claims that the extreme study aid (under government investigation, the China Daily reported) is unnecessary and potentially dangerous because of the chance of infection, school representatives maintain the drip has no harmful health effects and helps students relax. The school won’t suspend the practice if students continue to want it.

The majority of bloggers, me included, are critical of the over-the-top tactic to get an academic leg up. Some suggest that the only way to find out who’s really reaping the rewards of the controversial practice is to follow the money trail. There’s always a money trail.

Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised (read: I’m really, really hoping) that this turns out to be a goof. Either way, it gives new meaning to dripping with success. Ba-dum ching!



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