Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hypothetical Questions

by Antonio C. Antonio
August 20, 2014

What are “hypothetical questions”?  These are questions based on certain proven and assumed facts formulated to arrive at generalized results or answers that are applicable in generic situations where there is an absence of dependable data.

The following is a hypothetical (meaning: a proposed situation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further study, investigation and discussion) story.

“You belong to a graduating batch of college seniors.  The final examinations have been given to your batch earlier than the lower batches of undergraduates so your graduating class could have time to practice for the graduation rites.  In one of these practice sessions, a faculty aide approached you with a note from your science professor requesting you to see him; and you dutifully obey.  At your professor’s room, he informs you of the following: (a) That he has just finished computing your grades; (b) That you got the highest grade in your graduating class; (c) That based on the computed grades, one-third of your class will fail and, therefore, not graduate; (d) That the only way most of these failing students (your friends and peers) could pass and graduate is if he adjusted and added points to their grades; (e) That he could no longer add to your grade since you’ve already been given the highest one; and, (f) That, for humanitarian reasons, he will indeed adjust your classmates’ grades if you would not interpose any objection.”

If you were in this position, what would you tell your professor?  Would you stick to your ethical standards and say “I do not agree, this is wrong” and let some of your friends and classmates down?  Or say “I agree” and be a part of a sham (meaning: bogus; falsely present something as the truth; and, a thing that is not what it is purported to be)?  How will your story end?… these are just hypothetical questions.

Just my little thoughts…

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