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1. “Children in Japan go to school about 240 days a year, whereas children in the United States go to school about 180 days a year.”2. “Japanese high school students of the 1980s studied 3 ½ hours a day, and that number is likely to be, if anything, higher today.”3. “[The inhabitants of Japan and Korea] do not need to read this book to find out that intelligence and intellectual accomplishment are highly malleable. Confucius set that matter straight twenty-five hundred years ago.”4. “When they do badly at something, [Japanese, Koreans, etc.] respond by working harder at it.”5. “Persistence in the face of failure is very much part of the Asian tradition of self-improvement. And [people in those countries] are accustomed to criticism in the service of self-improvement in situations where Westerners avoid it or resent it.”

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That seems like five key differences, not just one.

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