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Learned Differences

“Four seasons! We have four seasons.”

Summer, spring, fall, and winter.

“Should I tell them?” the American teacher


as she asks the class

to mimic the lines

again, again, and again.

“Japan is special!”

the Japanese teacher proclaims,

“Other countries don’t have four seasons!”

The American teacher shares a look

with the Chinese exchange student.

He shakes his head.

Maybe next year,

the American teacher decides.

Best not to let them think

that all textbooks have

oh, so many lies.

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