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In Indonesia there are various variants of a popular story where two students are arguing over a simple mathematics - like whether 1+1 = 2.

The incorrect student says he will kill himself if he's wrong. They appeal to the teacher, and the teacher punishes the smart student.

I can't find an English version of the story. Here is a translated variant

It's a popular story. In some versions, the teacher was Confucius himself.

I found the story suspicious.

Is this correctly attributed to Confucius?

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    This will be tricky, because there is a bigger question of whether any specific text attributed to Confucius was actually due to him. – Oddthinking Nov 7 '17 at 12:49
  • It's not in the Analects - I searched for all occurrences of "student", then for all occurrences of "kill". – RedGrittyBrick Nov 9 '17 at 15:28
  • Highly unlikely, as most versions of the story involve the student being whipped, and Confucianism strictly rejects corporal punishment. – DenisS Nov 9 '17 at 19:14
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    Did you ever see any version of the story? I started to think that some indonesians or motivational speakers made that up. I can't find english samples. – user4951 Nov 10 '17 at 17:19
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    颜回输冠 in Chinese, generally considered not real but I don't know what sources do I need to prove a negative. – user23013 Nov 18 '17 at 10:44

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