LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No longer ‘the dumbest kid’

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Dr. Ben S. Carson’s “Success for the dumbest kid” (Commentary, Aug. 8) brought me up short. Until I read that piece, I had deluded myself into thinking that my cover, successfully kept until now at age 70, would never be blown. Well, the game’s up.

The core of my difficulties has always been following directions. This was attested to by my favorite fifth-grade teacher in her spring 1953 report: “He is doing fine in everything except following directions, at which he is absolutely awful!” My wife can attest that nothing has since changed.

But thanks to Dr. Carson, I am already well on the way to putting this shameful past behind me.

JOHN STARRELS

Chevy Chase

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