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Hank Gunn

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  1. Doesn't matter one whit. Education and knowledge are transferrable wherever. (There have been plenty of Thai kids who've been competitive academically on the world stage when they've had a decent education.) It's due to the greed of the Thail elite, who refuse a decent education for the masses, while they send their offspring to private schools then overseas to universities, that has resulted in an under-educated general populace. My wife has a couple of nieces who are quite bright, with natural intelligence, but their intellect has been smashed/restrained under the nationalistic indoctrination that passes for public schooling in this country. They (the Thai elite) could live comfortable lives as upper-middle class and upper class by having a more equitable society but their greed has created this problem and Thaksin is merely a symptom of it.
  2. "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson
  3. Ahh, in hindsight I understand what they were referring to. It’s just that the original story was about higher end/elite schools and mentioned Stanford. The “Stamford” misspelling is quite common when referring to Stanford.
  4. Umm, it’s Stanford University (technically “Leland Stanford Jr. University) named after the founder’s son who died aged 15, before he could attend university himself. It’s not named after an English town.
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