Cheating Epidemic Causes Hospitalizations


While American kids continue to toil with their provincial paper-based systems, China's test takers are apparently using cheat-friendly "earphones and wireless networks" to avoid the studying part of Chinese education (and presumably go straight to the rioting part). The state propaganda machine has stern, probably fictional, and highly bizarre words of warning for cheatin' Chinese:

The authority found that students racked their brains to figure out how to use various high-tech devices such as cell phones, interphones and wireless earphones to cheat. Some students were even injured by low quality devices.

According to Chutian Metropolis Daily, a student in Wuhan used a "microearphone" which is 3 mm in diameter to cheat. The earphone is so tiny that it slipped into the student's auditory canal, causing a perforation of the tympanic membrane.

Another student got a set of microearphones stuck in his ears and needed an operation to remove them.

An interphone hidden in a student's abdomen caused bleeding when it exploded.

Julian Sanchez asked whether capitalism breeds cheaters back in 2004.