Either you are deliberately misinterpreting posts or the wood alcohol in granny's moonshine is twisting your brain.
You are flattering yourself. There is nothing to misinterpret in your posts. Uninformed and vile spitting does not deserve interpretations. It does deserve to be pointed out as an example of a feeble mind unable to see past her own fly infested nose.
I can only compare it to the UK, where cheating is seen as far more of a serious offence than in Poland.
When I was in schools in Poland cheating was certainly frowned upon. A teacher or two may have been more lax than others, but most were pretty diligent in doing what they could to alleviate the issue that crosses national borders. The remedies ranged from asking others to help supervise students during written exams to designing exams in ways such that students could not use their neighbors' work - all, or most questions differed.
Most of the time exam questions were problems rather than plain enumeration of facts. It is really hard to use a cheat sheet to write about topics spanning centuries, or volumes and requiring critical thinking. It is rare to both use facts from a cheat sheet and come up with a coherent thesis, all in a span of a couple of hours during and under the pressure of an exam.
Did some, or even many, "successfully", cheated? Heck, yes. But to paint an entire nation as a nation of cheaters, and to falsely contrast them with other nations, is going a bit too far.
The amount of pressure to succeed is ridiculous in Asia though, I'm not surprised in the slightest that they have sophisticated means and ways of doing so.
The amount of pressure is only a reflection of the pressure in real life. In Western countries so many kids have been given their toys on a silver platter that they do not understand the word pressure in this context and I'm not sure this is such a good thing. Life in general is not a walk in the park. Unless you're born to a wealthy family there ain't no flower sniffing ahead of you - you have to fight, often just to stay afloat.
In this kind of fight some people will try to equalize the chances given to them with the chances given to others. After all, a person born to a wealthy family is, in many cases (not all) somewhat of a cheater by default. Having achieved nothing such person has already a decent position in life just by being born. Now, how honest is that. See: G.W. Bush's two degrees from both Harvard and Yale. Can you believe that?
I am not trying to justify cheating, just touching on a wider angle of view.
It goes on there, too? It's a dreadful practice in my opinion - effectively, you're just buying the grade. I can understand if your lecturer is a world expert and his book is the definitive source - but how often is that really the case?
I can't speak for all such "books". Some of the ones I used were really useful guides, not the only sources of information. Others were indeed cash grab by some profs. Likewise, some professors actually are world experts in their respective disciplines, others far from it.
In this respect I blame the educational system itself in the West which gives professors pretty much unrestricted freedom in designing their courses and thus allow the use of whatever material they see fit - such as one allowing them extra cash for their next vacation trip.
I don't really subscribe to the idea of students having full freedom to select courses within a major as they please. In short, the problems I see with is the relative immaturity of students which won't allow most of them to select courses that would give them a well rounded type of expertise in a given field.
When I studied English Lit in Poland one of the prof's assistants was a young British fella, Justin. Justin was an undergrad with Oxford diploma in English Lit. We discussed "stuff" and soon it turned out that Justin did not know enough about Milton to discuss a topic spanning centuries of English Lit. See, he did not take Milton at school. We were shocked. How can you not take Milton and call yourself an assistant in an English Department of a University? We're talking a giant figure of English cultural history here.
This is just one example, but many others I came across would be equally, or even more embarrassing to some of the Western educated persons.
Some of your remarks, and mine, certainly have roots in our respective backgrounds. It would be ridiculous for anybody to claim objectivity, so I won't, but I will point out my extensive educational experience both in Poland and abroad. In my experience Polish universities have little reason to shame. Certainly not a whole lot more than even the leading Western academia.
My $0.02 CDN (adjusted for inflation)