I remember reading years ago about the Hopis, a Native American nation. In their educational system, if a student did not know the answer to a question asked of him or her in the classroom, no other student would raise a hand to answer that question. It was considered rude and uncivilized to embarass or humiliate the first student. It was not important to impress the teacher with one’s own brilliance, and it was thought to be barbaric to advance oneself at the expense of one’s peers.
Messages from the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love, by Brian Weiss, M.D.