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Education authority cites ‘focal points’ to improve Thai education system

Discussion in 'Education from Thailand' started by Stamp, 23 Dec 2016.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    December 23, 2016 01:00
    By THE NATION

    THAILAND’s independent education authority is urging the public to follow the “focal points” of an international survey that caused alarm and created calls for reform of the whole education system after it gave the country’s students low scores on a global scale.

    The director of the Institute for Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) said the unfavourable report by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed areas where improvement was necessary and could be achieved.

    In IPST’s latest report, an article titled “What the PISA scores are telling us?” said the scores of schoolchildren in Bangkok were actually similar to their peers in the United States, though youth in the rest of Thailand got low scores.

    This indicates that the education model at Bangkok schools is successful, but it has not spread to other parts of Thailand. If this model can spread, the quality of students would certainly elevate, the article said.

    Studies show that schools with economically and socially inferior students will also have inferior teachers and learning materials compared to schools with well-to-do students.

    This unfair allocation of resources is key to educational inequity and has affected overall student achievement.

    Citing success in countries such as Finland, the article said principals of schools with economic and social inferiority had as much or even more educational resources than schools with economic and social superiority.

    To improve the quality of teachers, Thailand should learn from other countries. Education isn’t just about students, teachers and the curriculum, but also about the environment, society and culture, the article said.

    Read the full article here: Education authority cites ‘focal points’ to improve Thai education system
     
  2. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Nawt. I don't think so.

    Bangkok has much more cram schools with highly specialised teachers who were graduates from the top universities themselves and know how to build curricula focused on the high schools' and universities' entrance exams.
     
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  3. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a fact-finding trip is in order..."to learn from other countries."
     
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  4. stfranalum

    stfranalum Well-Known Member

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    ^ when said learned facts collide with unshakable beliefs and practices, group returns to shuffle papers and plan trip to more "aligned" (maligned) places.

    Sudan 2018!

    flash forward..."guys, we're on the right track"
     
  5. DavidUSA

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    My God! It is an appalling statement. Many kids in Isaan, for example, have been neglected by a system that putters along with low standards, and often is, in fact, a charade. I can understand calling a kid "poor", but "socially inferior" is sickening.

    I feel sad that so many little kids in Isaan have a future of being glued to Facebook, jobs with low pay, and social inferiority--due to the apathy of "educators" in Bangkok.
     
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    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    That apathy must also affect parents in Isaan: if I had kids in school upcountry, I'd be furious at the obvious neglect, incompetence, malfeasance and obvious chicanery. Thainess is an unfair burden on the "socially inferior".
     
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  7. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Well-Known Member

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    Thailand is not the only place with education problems. Read today‘s Washington Post.

    The US has some nasty gaps in its education system, and a lot of kids are falling through the cracks. Those kids will never be called socially inferior, but that is exactly how they will be treated.
     
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    stfranalum Well-Known Member

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    "socially inferior" might have some thai translation that's more delicate, but if a person were able to write it, and thus understand the connotations, it does in fact drip with irony to think others are inferior all the while being an ignorant, socially illiterate, entitled upper crust.

    on a related note, my wife is habitually stuck on skin color as some meaningful metric...about something or another.

    thainess
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    it's all well and good. but the translation to another language can often leave it stinking to high heaven.
     
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  9. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    Indeed not, but we live here and see the results of such horrid social inequities every day in the folks who serve us, work with us and, God help us, the folks in immigration who who regulate our lives here. There's not much cultural oxygen left for common sense, let alone the enlightenment of critical thinking.
     
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  10. stfranalum

    stfranalum Well-Known Member

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    when status > truth, then why expect more?

    just be happy about the food and such.
     

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