I am writing this entry from a classroom where I teach. In front of me, twenty-four Seniors sit on wooden chairs behind wooden desks. Their graduation was held yesterday, but they still will come to school for the next three weeks. They are here for twelve hours a day, silently sitting behind their desks. They are supposed to be preparing for a college entrance exam.
I find it somewhat disturbing that many of them didn’t study a whit in the three years they attended my class, but yet they have the fortitude to study through this elongated period, at least it would appear so. I have my doubts as to their diligence. Their eyes might be on their books, but I don’t know if their heads are.
As they do this for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, what is extremely surprising to me is the fact that none of them fall asleep. Also, with all that studying, you’d thing they’d be the smartest people in the world, but they’re not. College entrance exam scores in America are about as high as they are here. Yet American teens don’t study even half as much as these kids.