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Teachers Aren’t Dumb

One of my colleagues at the University of Virginia, a world authority on how culture influences personality, almost didn’t become a professor. He wanted to teach high school, but went for his Ph.D. because it seemed easier; he thought he would fail the exacting admissions test for teacher candidates.

Perhaps I should mention that my colleague is from Japan. When I tell this story to Americans, they usually nod knowingly, because it confirms their beliefs about the quality of teachers in both countries.