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China, A Nation of Cheaters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2012

I love this story….
China is a nation of cheaters.

No, it’s not my intention to besmirch 1.35 billion Chinese. Certainly, many do try to be honest – even if it puts them at a disadvantage. But the state holds so many selfish, deceitful people that they have given the entire country an ugly reputation.

For example, a Chinese social-networking site’s recent survey of college students found extensive cheating among those applying to American colleges.

At least 70 percent of application essays are ghostwritten, the survey found. Transcripts are falsified. Better-educated substitutes are hired to take Scholastic Aptitude and English-language tests.

Many Chinese newspapers and magazines, the New York Times recently reported, hand out rate cards to anyone who wants to purchase a faked, flattering published profile. And not long ago, a cheating school-bus driver crammed 64 kindergarten children into a nine-seat van and then crashed head-on into a truck. Nineteen children died.

Accidents like this are commonplace. In fact, China has more fatal road accidents than any other nation, even though automobile ownership per capita, while growing fast, remains low – on a par with Sri Lanka. The trouble is, people often buy cars before learning how to drive.

The Lancet, a British medical journal, published a despairing piece about needless Chinese deaths on the roads. It notes that government figures on traffic deaths grossly underestimate the problem – admitting to less than half the accidents – and concludes that “until the Chinese government is honest with its people, and with itself,” the problem won’t be solved.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/04/INQO1OBOTA.DTL#ixzz1u0ovjWWB

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