The paper announced “a A student committed suicide for not passing Vietnam‘s first IBM-graded SAT“. So, my classmates showed up at my house the next morning for condolences. True story. Not having seen the column the day before, I was completely taken aback.
Hence, my first exposure to bad journalism, and Vietnam’s first trial run with a machine (1974).
The Luddites must have been out for blood.
They wanted to “grade” our essays, in the old Mandarin style whose exams lasted three long days (camping out etc…) (Leu Chong).
We had been anxious leading to exam date e.g. shopping for the right No. 2 pencils, rehearsing multiple choices etc..
Our real first exposure to the “spiritual machine” with its lock-in platform.
In our little minds, machine was God. It could fail you (and in my case, it did). Turned out, they had to manually grade a few hundred…
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