A teacher from Shanghai Maritime University became famous because of a piece of Weibo (micro-blog) he wrote “go buy an iPad during the summer break. If you don’t have money, just earn it by yourself. If you can’t get 4000 yuan in two months, it means you are not suitable to be majoring in finance, neither to be my student.” These controversial words spread widely through the internet. (He later deleted this post on his Weibo and even changed his name)
Liang Zhenyu is a Financial English teacher. He asked all of his students to bring an iPad to class next semester. And all his lectures, exams and information will be given out in iPad compatibility mode. “iPad represents the most modern thinking. I hope all of my students have it too. If you can’t afford it, go earn money. Poor or rich does not depend on the situation of your family, but your ability.” Liang also demanded all his students have his lessons in suit. The male students should wear formal suits and leather shoes while female students should wear serious make-up. The one who is in casual shirts and pants will affect the final scores of this course. “You are what you wear. If you want to study the finance, then dress like a finance man.” Liang explained.
Many people on Weibo opposed it and said he was kind of money worshiper. Some students even don’t have enough money to pay for the education fees next year, let alone the money for an IPad. Liang explained that it was just an advice, not a demand. “iPad is efficient and good for the students. For example, they can send their oral English for me via wireless network during the lessons. And you will cost only 15 dollars to download the calculation software with iPad, while you have to pay over 62 dollars to buy a calculator.” But he also showed regret to this Weibo. He deleted it soon under the pressure from the netizens.