Professor Li Yining, one of China's most noted economists and government advisors, often tells his students an adaptation of the famous Aesop story about the turtle and the hare. The original story tells about a race between both animals. Halfway the race the hare took a nap because he was way ahead of the turtle and thought he would win anyway. His overestimation of himself cost him the race because he fell asleep. The turtle was able to catch up with the hare and won the race. Yining always asks his students: "Do you think they only hold one race?"
The Sirens are among the most famous creatures in Greek mythology. With their beautiful voices, they enchant sailors nearing their shore. Luring them astray to their island and let the ships shipwreck on the reef of the island. The story about the Sirens could be used as a metaphor about the media and news coverage of computerization in the workforce. The media use their beautiful voices to inform the public. They however - just like the Sirens - can lead people astray with the information they give. The stories they write are sometimes a bit of doom and gloom.
Imagine you are a chess teacher and it's Monday morning 9 AM. Your day starts and your first private student comes in. As a teacher, you prepared a lesson about double attacks, a tactical motif in chess. An interesting question is: why a lesson about double attacks? Why not a lesson about another tactical motif or the endgame? How do you decide as a teacher what to teach your students? And why?
‘That’s one small step for man, one huge step for humanity.’ These words by Neil Armstrong were first said when he planted a flag on the moon. The moon landing in 1969 is one of the proudest achievements of humankind.