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If your son respned to questions in english and th teacher didnt understand it is highly probale that the teacher would think the reply was wrong even if it wsnt.

If this is the case you cant call it racism as it is not. What it is, is a mis-understanding across a language barrier. This I think is most likely th case and has nothing to do with racism.

I could of course be wrong but that is my concept of the problem based on what has been offered in the OP.

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It's hard to say without knowing a few specifics but there could be a variety of reasons.   First, Thai-English teachers are almost exclusively focused on grammar, in my experience.  

 

Many students I've had over the years that speak English well, do not perform well in the Thai Exams.  

 

Another consideration is how much emphasis you, as a parent, have put on grades.  A lot of western parents don't worry quite as much about test scores and grades and in Thailand, everything is about tests and grades.  

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both of my kids are multi language, Lao included.

Both were proud to be  top 3 in their School  English O net qualifications

Daughter was as proud as anyone good be, yet on the promotional pictures she was not even pictured.

My wife(Lao) blames it on the second hand view SOME (not all!!!) teachers have about the least developed country as their neighbor.

My daughter seems to have no problem whatsoever with her absents on the promo's!

She got proof you know (her explanation) she has a fancy certificate.

That's life.(2)

 

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OP you are wrong in your first sentence, its both the system and the mind set.  In point of fact, its a general teacher incompetence, lack of structured teacher training, lack of any 'world view' or world knowledge, poor syllabus, the constant manipulation of a mystic religion and other pointless cultural brain washing; almost everything that could be wrong with Thai education is wrong.  When did you last go to a Thai house and see book cases full of books, Thai and others? When did you last see kids reading novels, or geography books, or history books and indeed any books bar those stupid comics they seem so fond of. Maybe in isolated cases in big cities but in the villages, not a chance.  If anything, there needs to be a lot more Thai education system bashing. 

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14 hours ago, WilliamCave said:

they have to realize Thai English is only used in Thailand 

  1. They also need to acknowledge that Thai is only spoken by Thais, and apart from speaking to their grandparents,  is totally useless in the real-world.  Just to add, my wife insisted that our Thai/Brit daughter learnt and continued with her writing Thai work,  up to her starting High School, ( she was wholly educated up to first degree level in England and Taiwan ) after that I put a stop to it and told her to concentrate on her normal school work, and that if she wanted to work on a Asian language it should be Mandarin or Japanese, not Thai, which she did.   She is fluent in Thai, Lao and reasonably so in Mandarin and can still read and write Thai, albeit not perfectly, but so what, she doesn't live here and never will.    
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It's almost as if the concepts such as 'excellence' or 'improvement' are frowned upon within Thai schools. Excuse me, if I'm mistaken.

 

There is a reason why "I'm fine, thank you. And you?" has not improved much beyond that...

 

Here is a golden nugget takeaway. It's actually good most of the time to just keep the conversation to that depth anyway. 555 Don't be telling the neighborhood your business now! Ohhh, the bitterness! It's so bitter!

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Wne you say, lowest marks in their class, do you mean their English subject? How are their scores in other subjects, which I assume are in Thai?

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A child cannot be sent to a substandard school with the expected result a superior education. The parent can also see the child is getting challenging things to read and develops good writing and critical thinking skills.

 

With the Thai it's all about grammar, on a page and usually simple gap filled sentences and bookwork.

 

Better students and parents know the value of tutors as well as uprooting the student and sending them to the best Bangkok school possible.

 

In your situation, Canada sounds perfect.

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After reading the thread. I'd also add that IMO there seems to be quite a bit of UK teachers who can't quite grasp the general make up of Americans. Kinda reminds me of how Thai folks are too. Of course not all, but being from the states it seems as though if it's not Thais being particular about race or ethnicity , many UK males seem to be near the same mentality. 🤏

 

 

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