Traffic stops, parents crowd together to get the results, and students set aside learning to ride bikes was China's gaokao examination -- the exam that will set a life course for many of those selected -- nears. By western standards, the work load is enormous. The seriousness with which China approaches its education leaves a western enthusiasm for sport in the shade.
Some achieve. Some do not.
The reading of the article is grueling in ways that make the experience unimaginable.