hours upon hours of exhausting homework each night, one math teacher in the Guangdong city of Foshan sparked debate this week with some parents arguing that she had gone too far with her special assignment.hile Chinese students are known for having to put up with
The primary school teacher, surnamed Su, told her fifth-grade students that they had two days to count 100 million grains of rice and bring them to school. If they could not complete this task on time then they would be made to continue counting rice grains over the weekend.
Some accused the teacher of outright torture, noting that even if you managed to count three grains of rice a second, the task would still take about a year, counting full-time, to complete. Others more reasonably concluded that the teacher was probably just encouraging her students to think outside of the box.
And indeed, Teacher Su has said later that her assignment was aimed at encouraging her students to think critically, helping them to learn how to analyze and solve problems, while also helping them understand the concept of “100 million.”
Instead of counting the rice grains one by one, Su hoped her students would count out 100 grains first, and then multiply that figure by 10 or 100 until they reached 100 million. She said that 10 of her 40 students were able to complete the assignment.