Primary school math problem in Japan: How long it would take to kill 18 children at a rate of three murders a day. (Teacher is in trouble)
Murder maths row
TOKYO: A Japanese primary school teacher has been reprimanded for giving his pupils a maths problem in which he asked how long it would take to kill 18 children at a rate of three murders a day.
The 45-year-old male teacher has apologised for giving the quiz to his pupils, aged seven and eight, at his public school in Okazaki, central Japan, education officials said.
‘‘I did it carelessly. I deeply reflect on my conduct,’’ he was quoted as saying by the officials over the incident in May, which apparently led to a parent complaint to the school in July.
News of the incident emerged as new Education Ministry statistics said cases of violence at Japanese schools rose for a fourth straight year to hit a record 60,913 cases for the year to March, with 165 student suicides. AFP
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
row – a serious disagreement การทะเลาะวิวาท
reprimand – to tell someone officially and in a serious way that something they have done is wrong ตำหนิ, ว่ากล่าว
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for cause a problem ขอโทษ
reflect – to think about something carefully ไตร่ตรอง, ครุ่นคิด
conduct – the way someone behaves, especially in relation to particular rules or accepted ways of behaving ความประพฤติ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
emerge – to appear or to become recognised โผล่ออกมา
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
straight – happening one after the other, without interruption ต่อเนื่อ
suicide – the action of deliberately killing yourself การฆ่าตัวตาย