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Teacher hits back at parent who complained about child who got zero in maths test

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35 minutes ago, elgordo38 said:

There is no love like that of a parent. All children are good in the eyes of a parent till over the years they prove the parent wrong in their thinking. What a loss of face that is. 

 

 

...another episode comes to mind... A 6th-year university senior failed his courses and failed his English class from a Thai teacher...  The student sent an Email to the teacher, begging her not to fail him yet again because he would have to work in his father's factory...   She failed him again...

 

 

... yet the most interesting was in China.... regarding lost of face...the young student was not interested in learning and just played about all day.  The school has an open house and the teachers gave a sample lesson.  The young cool aid student, a little boy, was given a very simple question... he answered wrong the parent, the mom, got up and Whump him upside his head.    The teacher had to bit his lip from laughing...

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3 minutes ago, Rhys said:

 

 

...another episode comes to mind... A 6th-year university senior failed his courses and failed his English class from a Thai teacher...  The student sent an Email to the teacher, begging her not to fail him yet again because he would have to work in his father's factory...   She failed him again...

There is a glimmer of hope here that success my yet rise from failure. 

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Is there a Thai language link for this story? I want to show the wife!

I have always complained my kids are dumb but still get high marks in the previous school. Now they are at a tougher school and failing everything! Thai education system is so messed up, rarely will you find a school that pushes the kids.

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Can't wait for the robots to take over from Thai teachers. Artificial Intelligence has got to be better than the stuff between the ears of most of the kuhn kroos I run into here.

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Maths do not care about your feelings - same for everything else, except your mom.

 

Maths are the base of logic (which explains why Thais are not good at it). There is a math problem, steps to take, and a solution. It's all logical - I got 100% over half of the time in math except when I made "attention mistakes" simply because I followed the logic. There's nothing hard here: either you can think, or you cannot. This kid cannot, and therefore got zero. This is fair for all other students who made efforts and got higher grades because they deserved it.

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A friend was once IT teacher on a "not-to-be-named" Thai university where most of the System Engineers got their degree "Cum Laude".

All study material was in English, of the 60 students (59 males and 1 female) there was only 1 that could speak English. Yes, she came from Nigeria. The rest were Kings of Candy Crush. The only one that paid attention and learned something was the Nigerian student. But at the end of the year Thailand had 59 more IT "experts". The only one that passed all exams was the girl from Nigeria. The rest failed but all passed "Cum Laude"....

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7 hours ago, darksidedog said:

What an amazingly stupid idea. Give the kids a pass when they can't get a single question right. And what exactly then happens when the kid leaves school?

Is he going to feel good about himself when he is hopelessly unemployable?

The parent who complained should probably spend more time with his kid, helping him to understand how to do the work and less time whingeing.

When he leaves school without an education then he can always work in the government as with so many of the other dxmmys there he wont be noticed.

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6 hours ago, missoura said:

In 99’ I held the position as an ‘ajarn’ at a prestigious Bangkok university.Class attendance for students was a possible option. If a student was a TV star or the latest monthly model then class was not necessary. Other occasional or no-show students included the football team, other sport teams, the seemingly daily special university activity to celebrate something, rich kids, not feeling well, didn’t have a car excuse, traffic jams and the list goes on. Had a student show up for the final exam. Which was fantastic, I finally got to meet him. He got a zero.

 

But not for the course. There was a committee (that I was not on) to determine the final grade for each class. No idea why. In the end, this one day student received an A for the course. 

 

I also taught a few graduate classes at a large Thailand university. Same, same…

That's why a uni degree in Thailand is worthless.

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7 hours ago, darksidedog said:

And what exactly then happens when the kid leaves school?

Leaving an engineering college with a degree (with "just enough" grades) and soon after selling squid on the market.

Big six digit number of waisted Baht (maybe close to seven digit).

It's the son of the sister in law.

He now changed from selling squid to opening some kind of shop (no idea what).

Guess he needed some seed capital for that :whistling:

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48 minutes ago, reenatinnakor said:

Is there a Thai language link for this story? I want to show the wife!

I have always complained my kids are dumb but still get high marks in the previous school. Now they are at a tougher school and failing everything! Thai education system is so messed up, rarely will you find a school that pushes the kids.

So Sad. Maybe you caught it in time and can turn it around. Maternalism is dreaming/wishing/wanting Paternalism is realism. I am a male of course. My daughter keeps wanting more grandchildren for an uncertain future which I think does the child no favor. It only winds up the female ticking clock. 

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46 minutes ago, SiamBeast said:

Maths do not care about your feelings - same for everything else, except your mom.

 

Maths are the base of logic (which explains why Thais are not good at it). There is a math problem, steps to take, and a solution. It's all logical - I got 100% over half of the time in math except when I made "attention mistakes" simply because I followed the logic. There's nothing hard here: either you can think, or you cannot. This kid cannot, and therefore got zero. This is fair for all other students who made efforts and got higher grades because they deserved it.

Technically correct but giving a zero is demeaning, humiliating, discouraging, soul destroying. We don't know the full story or anything about the circumstances of the kid.

What we do know us that the best teachers are those that are able to motivate, encourage, inspire. Sadly the worst ones seem to take a perverse delight in the opposite.

I don't say "pass everyone regardless of scores" or suggest falsifying results; but leave the teachers with some discretion in order to offer encouragement. Yes, maybe it's " Goodbye, Mr Chips" view of education but I've seen it work ( second hand), particularly with shy kids and "late bloomers".

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Late Bloomers? You can only leave blooming late so long. Thais leave school at 16. Maybe changing the school leaving age to say 45, might be a solution.

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how about one mark for writing your name at the top of the test paper, then everyone will be happy,

 

or, if the child is struggling at maths the parents help the child at home or get a family member to help (there must be someone who can do maths) or pay for a tutor

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