Tuesday, July 09, 2013
James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal recounts the story of a city in China with suspiciously high test scores.
The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China's notoriously tough "gaokao" exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country's elite universities.Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province's Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in one subject. Forty five examiners were "harshly criticised" for allowing cheats to prosper.So this year, a new pilot scheme was introduced to strictly enforce the rules.When students at the No. 3 high school in Zhongxiang arrived to sit their exams earlier this month, they were dismayed to find they would be supervised not by their own teachers, but by 54 external invigilators [supervisors] randomly drafted in from different schools across the county. . . .As soon as the exams finished, a mob swarmed into the school in protest. . . .By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: "We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."
He concludes that "... if it was necessary for Obama to steal the 2012 election, the abuse of the IRS and other agencies were sufficient to achieve that goal."
Those 100%+ turnouts in certain districts in certain cities with no votes for Romney may also have something to do with it.