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Doctors Support Chinese Creativity Boy Penalized for Using Medical Diagnosis in Math Test

“What information can you get from the graph?” he asked.

The boy, whose name has not been released, replied: “The patient is about to recover.”

The teacher judged the answer to be wrong and deducted four points from his paper.

Doctors have lent their support to the boy by posting their qualifications online to bolster their call for the reduction of his points to be reversed. Photo: Douyin

After his mother posted the article online, doctors across the country rushed to comment and called on the professor to “give him back the four stitches.”

Several medical professionals who supported the boy posted photos of themselves wearing white coats or holding their medical degrees to prove their authority.

“The patient’s temperature may have been controlled with the use of antibiotics, but it mostly shows that the disease is under control and the patient is recovering. Please return the points to the child,” wrote a pediatrician.

Some saw the boy’s response as a sign of his potential and encouraged the mother to support her son in becoming a doctor.

The mother’s post went viral and was viewed 110 million times on Weibo.

The boy’s mother later revealed the standard response, which is “the patient’s temperature remains stable for a certain period of time.”

“How can such a question possibly expect a ‘standard answer’?” one online observer wondered.

“The ‘standard answer’ kills children’s creativity,” another person said.

Many people on the Internet said that the boy’s answer to the test question was a sign of his creativity. Photo: Douyin

A number of netizens have criticized the type of rote learning in education that gives teachers unprecedented authority and does not encourage students to think creatively or come up with an alternative answer.

In China, being a good student often means memorizing standard answers, an approach introduced by the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

Since the 1990s, China has begun the transition to a “comprehensive education” that includes intellectual, physical and moral qualities.

In 2021, China issued a new double-reduction policy, which aimed to reduce homework and after-school tutoring for primary and secondary school students to ease the pressure resulting from exam-oriented education.