June 19, 2008
Reuters: Teacher fired for running from quake school
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese high school teacher has been fired and denounced by local media and Internet users for fleeing a classroom before his students during last month's devastating earthquake.Bravery is a fine trait in some contexts, but stupidity is not. I suppose if my child were in his class, I would be disappointed that he didn't try to save him, but I can't condemn his actions morally. I can only say that he didn't act to support my interests over his own and, really, what business have I to ask that in the first place?
Fan Meizhong, a Chinese-language teacher at a private high school in quake-ravaged Dujiangyan in southwest Sichuan province, has been branded "running Fan" on Internet chat-rooms and come under fire for defending his actions online in a lengthy post.
"At such a life-or-death moment, I would only consider sacrificing my life for my daughter. I would not do it for anyone else, even my mother," Fan wrote on popular online portal Tianya.cn ( http:/www.tianya.cn ).
Fan's account has enraged China, as it struggles to rebuild damaged cities and provide housing for millions of victims displaced by the quake.
"I know many teachers died protecting children during the earthquake... In this long essay, I can't see any 'person' here, I just see a big 'me'," a post in response to Fan's account said.
Apparently, the majority of China thinks they do have some grounds for making a claim on poor Fan's life. They were evil and wrong.
Posted by: Burgess Laughlin at June 19, 2008 05:19 PM (Htw5N)
And I would place limitations on the expectations of a captain of a ship as well.
Posted by: Flibbert at June 19, 2008 08:27 PM (ru7wW)
But even if Fan did have a legal duty to protect the students, he did not have a moral duty to do so.
Posted by: Qwertz at June 19, 2008 09:10 PM (877GL)
Like I said, I can understand protecting them from everyday classroom risks and even some moderately urgent situations and a very few emergencies, but a massive earthquake? Ridiculous.
Posted by: Flibbert at June 19, 2008 09:39 PM (ru7wW)
But if there's a major earthquake, there's really very little teacher could have done to protect child anyway, is there? So teacher would probably be off the hook on the lawsuit, too.
Just because he has a legal duty doesn't necessarily mean he has a moral duty to fulfill his legal duty.
PS: How are earthquakes of any size "massive?"
Posted by: Qwertz at June 20, 2008 11:02 AM (oXrE3)
Posted by: Flibbert at June 20, 2008 11:07 AM (ErOeR)
1. consisting of or forming a large mass; bulky and heavy: massive columns.
2. large and heavy-looking: a massive forehead.
3. large in scale, amount, or degree: a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
4. solid or substantial; great or imposing: massive erudition.
5. Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
Posted by: Flibbert at June 20, 2008 11:09 AM (ErOeR)
Posted by: Qwertz at June 22, 2008 05:55 PM (oXrE3)
Posted by: Flibbert at June 22, 2008 06:19 PM (NhUx4)
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