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Thai culture is not a learning culture open to new ideas and challenges....

 

Reading for pleasure or advancement does not fit their criteria 

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It says a lot when somebody has to publicly encourage children to  read.

I don't see them doing any reading during the academic year, so I don't expect them to do any during the holidays. 

I doubt many if them even own books. Sad really. As a child I read every free second I had and loved it! I fondly remember sitting in the garden on a warm summers day reading for hours and hours. Unfortunately, all that changed when I started secondary school and I haven't really been that interested in reading since then, at least not on the same level. 

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Reading is learned, eh! yes, at birth.
My parents have always told us stories while rocking us.
Then the cardboard books, with pictures, at the age of 6 months.
And every night, to fall asleep, the ritual, by our mother or our father, stories or invented stories.
At every birthday or Christmas, there was always a book.
What good memories.

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What are you waiting for to take back a book that you have already read and which you enjoyed?

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wishful thinking...they ma read some comic books

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As to what drives reading interest.....one has find a specific area of focus....at my sunset age, non-fiction American history 1770s to 1945 is my draw...in particular how the American west came to be, it’s development and direction...fascinating stuff

 

that said, recently bought the biography of Ho Chi Minh....

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Even "cheap" books in Thailand are extremely expensive as a percentage of a days wage.

 

There is also very poor provision of public libraries.

 

Many more children would read if those issues were addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Eligius said:

The diminution in reading skills is a huge problem in Thailand - and to be fair, is a problem in other (Western) countries too. 

'Reading is boring'.

Never was to me when I was a youngster: I loved it, and still do!

While kids don't read like we used to as kids, they are far, far more educated than we were on average. They know much more about the world than we did. 

 

That said, lack of reading high quality literature does mean they are missing much of their culture, important lessons from history and some of life's colour.

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2 hours ago, Fex Bluse said:

While kids don't read like we used to as kids, they are far, far more educated than we were on average. They know much more about the world than we did. 

 

That said, lack of reading high quality literature does mean they are missing much of their culture, important lessons from history and some of life's colour.

I agree with you in general, Fex Bluse; but I honestly don't find that Thai youngsters en masse are better educated than we were when we were their age. Young Thais (and older ones) are ASTONISHINGLY ignorant about so, so many things - in all fields of learning.

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6 minutes ago, Eligius said:

I agree with you in general, Fex Bluse; but I honestly don't find that Thai youngsters en masse are better educated than we were when we were their age. Young Thais (and older ones) are ASTONISHINGLY ignorant about so, so many things - in all fields of learning.

Especially when they are in school parades dressed in Nazi swastika symbols. They seem to think that Hitler is iconic like that Che Guevara t-shirt?

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41 minutes ago, Eligius said:

I agree with you in general, Fex Bluse; but I honestly don't find that Thai youngsters en masse are better educated than we were when we were their age. Young Thais (and older ones) are ASTONISHINGLY ignorant about so, so many things - in all fields of learning.

Sorry, Thais are MOST DEFINITELY NOT. I meant Western kids. 

 

Thais lose out much on account of their xenophobia and indifference to anything non Thai. 

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there's an important reason we don't spell our vowels in English.  and English does not have only 5 vowels!!!!  :-)   the Thai languages are spelled precisely and phonetically.  the reason we only have a,e,i,o,u is so reading and writing is simpler. 

don't just toss that little thing aside.   

and although Thai study English, it's never as a 2nd language.  Only as a 4th or 5th language. 

don't just toss that aside either. 

and then somehow it is part of the Thai culture to look down at reading in general.  jokes such as "they all read from the same book".... or the cultural convention that reading is a "different way of thinking".  where did that some from?  I hope it is not from our western example of a particular book, Trump's "Favorite Book". 

reading books is the only activity we do not share in common with most other animals.  example, travel and tourism.... for anyone who has ever taken a dog for a ride in back of a pickup truck, that one is not unique to humans at all.  yet in most surveys, only travel ever gets close to reading books as most folks favorite leisure activity..... in places like Singapore, New York, LA....   

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Ok I read my Book Bank

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