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I have a kid 10 y old in a private school in Isaan and I can't say I'm impressed about the books and homework sheet he's bringing home. Example, geography lessons: Union Jack pictured, choose between the countries England, Italy and Australia. Next picture stars and stripes, choose either Brazil, France or America. I didn't even know there's a country named America? 

 

I could go on with countless more of these, but you know what I mean. 

 

I know I should confront the school, but I've decided to just let it slip through, as I guess I'll be wrong anyway by Thai standards. I know there are quite many farang teachers at the school, so blunders like these could easily been avoided. Or..? 

 

Anyone else seen the same as me? 

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Save your breath, let it go, you can't change anything.

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Home schooling, if you have the time, must be the best option in Thailand... 

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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Save your breath, let it go, you can't change anything.

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Thai education system was not built to create smart people but to bring obedient citizens. 

 

Target is memory, respect and not independent thinking.

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There are some dodgy books with either outdated, misleading or wrong information.   Some of the books and curriculum for English programs are designed by the school themselves, some are done by Thai teachers translating directly from the Thai curriculum.   This leads to a lot of mistakes.  

If the books, curriculum are used by an organization with more than one school, quite often the test is not designed by the teacher, but may come from another school.   It will be based on the curriculum or book used.   In that case the decision is to have the students get answers wrong or teach them wrong and get answers right.  

When I ran into this problem, I taught them the correct answer and the reason, but I told them for the purpose of a test they needed to use the answer from the book.   So, my students knew that Pluto wasn't a planet anymore, but when asked on the test to name the planets, to list it.  

It's sad, but it is the way things are.   The United States and America are not the same and England is not the UK.  

 

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56 minutes ago, Perkkele said:

I didn't even know there's a country named America? 

I can't believe that. It is right next to Cambodia. 

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When I taught in high school here, I would have one lesson where I would ask the students to write a few paragraphs about where they would go and why, anywhere in the world, money being no object. The results follow:

 

about 50% chose Japan..because they love Japanese food

about 25% chose Korea...some to meet and marry K-Pop idols and some to get plastic surgery (boob jobs)

about 15% chose "Switzerland" because that was where a famous royal was educated 

and about 10% chose very local places like 'Seacon Square' or 'Kho Samui'....some poor kids don't get out much I guess.

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Might depend on who originated these handouts?

 

If it was a Thai teacher it might be best to not confront. ON the other hand if it's part of a subject taught by a farang then perhaps that teacher could totally redesign the lesson by a paragraph of key information about each country and totally avoiding some sort of quiz or multiple choice.

 

Different issue; my granddaughter had a great science teacher, lady from Australia in P3, 4, 5.  Kids loved her and were learning a lot. She did a lesson on solar power as an alternative way to harness electricity plus info. about renewables etc.

 

The science teacher from the Thai program told the kids 'no such thing, how can you connect an electricity cable to the sun?'

 

Teacher in charge of farang teachers asked for a discussion with the head (school owner). Head responded by sacking the farang lady science teacher for causing trouble. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Perkkele said:

 

I know I should confront the school

No. You have two options:

1. Change school.

2. Just don't look at what the kid learns (better not to know..). It's a rabbit hole with no ending to it.

 

 

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7 hours ago, male expat said:

Thai education system was not built to create smart people but to bring obedient citizens. 

 

Target is memory, respect and not independent thinking.

Ireelevant to the OP. Disobedience of much of the US polulation (there rights and feeedoms being impinged upon) has led to massive numbers of covid cases and deaths. Again, irrelevant to the OP.

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