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Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach.
-George Bernard Shaw

Thailand, where thousands of protesters have occupied the main airport to force the current prime minister to step down, not only learns from other countries. It also puts what it’s learned into practice, unlike the country we currently inhabit–which teaches, but doesn’t practice.

The Thai government sent hundreds of students to the University of the Philippines in Los Banos in the 1960s, and then proceeded to put into practice what they learned by turning Thailand into the world’s leading rice exporter (it exports some 10 million tons of the staple annually). Since then, the Philippines, where hundreds of Thai agriculturists and agronomists studied, has become a net rice importer.

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