The year 2030 has arrived. Human beings finally have succeeded in inventing a spaceship traveling to Mars. You are chosen to be aboard the spacecraft. You have got 60 minutes before you are on board. Now here’s the question. What would you do in the last 60 minutes and why?
Brief editorial; I asked one of my students exactly the same question last night. And the answer was…
The positive assumption is that the student was teasing the teacher, knowing that the teacher would be to some extent mad.
The negative estimate is that the student’s answer showed a lack of creativity, which involves concern that the student may have a chance of falling behind the borderless competition among personnel of different nationalities. What I want to point out here is that “modest” is the somewhat Confucian value that in most cases doesn’t work out as most Japanese expect.
I am so afraid this student is the latter. In this case, the student needs to be encouraged to be active, not passive, in which the traditional Japanese educational system is not inferior to other Western developed nations.