Stress And The Chinese Key Middle School
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 2 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-2-February-2007
One night three years ago, all of a sudden, I was awakened by a sharp cry from next door. I looked at
my watch, and it was already 11:30. I dressed myself very quickly and went to see what was the matter.
It turned out that my workmate was thumping his ten-year-old son. My colleague explained to me, “This
playboy is very energetic when busy with internet games! But once he sits at his desk, it seems that he
has taken a bottle of sleeping pills! You know he is going to take the middle school entrance exam!
What if he can’t be admitted to a key middle school?
Other fathers of small children have similar feelings. Those enrolled in key middle schools will have a
The Chinese key middle school is different from the non-key middle school in several ways. First, the
key middle school enrolls students with higher examination scores. The students study in smaller
classes—ordinarily there are 50 students in one key middle school class, fewer than the non-key
middle school. Accordingly, each individual in the key middle school can get more attention from
teachers. Second, outstanding graduate students from advanced normal universities are assigned to
teach in the key middle schools. Third, better teaching facilities are provided to help the students with