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The Teachers Arranging Amino Acid Injections For Exam Candidates

Economic Observer Online
May 07, 2012
By Yang Tao (杨涛)
Translated by Laura Lin
Original article: [Chinese]

Earlier this week, a photo taken at Xiaogan City High School in Hubei Province China was circulated across China within hours. In the photo, students were in a classroom reviewing their homework.  What is unusual is that more than half of the 50 or so students had an intravenous infusion bottle above their heads.

What they are injecting, collectively and on the advice of the school, are amino acids supposed to “enhance their physical fitness and replenish their energy,” so as to boost their performance in the upcoming entrance examinations for colleges.

In order to help pigs grow, Chinese breeders feed them Paylean, a beta-adrenoceptor agonist drug linked to cancer and heart disease. Now to help them compete in competitive exams, schools and parents do not hesitate to subject their children to amino acid injections. Where is this going to end?

Experts have said that it’s stupid to inject amino acids into humans. Not only can it cause an excessive intake of protein and over-burden one’s liver and kidneys, the injection can also potentially bring side-effects like nausea and vomiting.

Xiaogan High school, a place of learning, is teaching its students a practice that is disrespectful of science.

A nation of short cuts

The logic in this is to treat students as “examination livestock” -- eventually, to be slaughtered. To maximize a school’s enrollment rate at universities, all means are allowed, including overdrawing the health and energy of our dear children that should be preserved for their future.

By boosting the enrollment rate, local officials as well as school principals can gain promotions while the school can obtain more educational resources.

What is no less shocking and worrying is that parents are willing to serve as the accomplices of the whole system. Children are reduced to being the measure of achievement in life for public officials, teachers and even their parents.

Nobody seems to think about whether or not the children are healthy or what they really want to pursue in life.

What is saddest in this event is that we are instilling the idea and behavior in our children that it is somehow lawful, reasonable and ethical to inject a drug so long it’s called a “nutrient” or “supplementary.” This harms not just the child’s health and the concept of education, but also pupils’ judgment.

What happens when young people encounter difficulties in their future lives? If the injection of a drug makes our children believe that there’s a shortcut to achieving one’s goal, or that they can hide or avoid their problems by using this kind of means, then what awaits us is not just worries about which university they’ll enroll into but what sort of person they’ll become -- and what society they’ll build.

News in English via World Crunch


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