In what has to be one of the wackiest news stories ever to appear in print in Taiwan, or the world, or that matter, today’s TAIWAN NEWS has an article on page 3 headlined “NGO group promotes ‘friendship’ day” and subheadlined “Foundation launches education program designed to help achieve social harmony.”
A non-governmental organization, The Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan, yesterday introduced an education program designed to promote the concepts of friendship and reconciliation among students as a step toward easing ethnic tensions that surfaced during this year’s elections.
SO FAR SO GOOD. But click on the link, read the entire story and when you get to this part, tell me if you think this is really really real or just a figment of our collective imagination? I know that praise is good and all that, but can praise really keep a bowl of white rice white while negative remarks will turn white rice into black rice?
THE MONEY QUOTE IS HERE:
[… teachers demonstrated the power of praise as opposed to censure.
a teacher placed in each classroom three bowls of rice labeled respectively “praise,” “neutral” and “curse,” then asked students to frequently praise one bowl, curse the other and leave the third alone.
After ten days, it was found that the rice in the bowl labeled “curse” had apparently gone bad, turning black, while the rice in the bowl labeled “praise” remained shining white.
the students were all convinced of the negative effects of “cursing” which they agreed could damage friendships and destroy harmony.]
This was reported as fact. Is there any hope for the Taiwan News after this?