Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Teachers often bemoan the emphasis placed on exams in schools. But school exams are not a new phenomenon. In the school run by the Chinese sage, Confucius, thousands of students received academic exams. Scholars were evaluated, I believe, over a period of three days. While the evaluation was in progress, they stayed in a narrow cell. The pictures above are from an exhibit at the newly formed Kongzi Academy in Nanjing. Scholars wrote on the small board and used it as a crude bed when they wanted to sleep.

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