Remembering Minoru Mochizuki Sensei (2)

Western students often talk back or argue with their teachers. It can go from indignation (“But Sensei, I thought that… blahblahblah!”) to self-denigration (“I’m so dumb; I always do that!”) to self-labeling (“I’m a Cartesian,” or “I was diagnosed as having xyz syndrome!”). On the other hand, Japanese students and others trained in the Japanese tradition will respond with a bow and a loud hai and appear quite attentive at the moment.

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