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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: September 05, 2015, 07:46:47 PM »

What teachers in Thailand don't see or don't want to see is, that children need more free time and opportunities for developing their cognitive and sensory abilities besides the "dressage" in the classroom. Shortened school days would give them more time for strolling and romping about. Exaggerated "discipline" is just counter-productive.   
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:47:31 PM »

Mixed reaction to class-hour reduction plan

Teachers query wisdom behind ending classes early, some welcome changes

SCHOOL EXECUTIVES and teachers have questioned the wisdom of an Education Ministry initiative to significantly cut down on the number of hours primary and junior-secondary students spend in class.

"It is a dictatorial idea, not reform," said Sucheep Patthong, president of La-Un Wittayakarn School in Ranong province.

Newly appointed Education Minister Dapong Ratanasuwan recently instructed the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) to implement the policy to allow students at more than 3,500 schools across the country to end their classes at 2pm every day, instead of 3.30pm, from November onwards.

The Education Ministry has described the policy as a great idea because it will allow students to enjoy a more diverse education outside the classroom and will give them a happier environment in which to develop. Those working at schools, however, beg to disagree.

Full article: The Nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:12:10 PM »

living on another planet, we sure are  :)

OBEC: Switching to new model of school time utilization 70-80% complete

OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai, speaking on Tuesday of the government policy to reduce class hours at schools, said the new scheduling will place the major subjects of Thai, English, social science, science and mathematics in the morning classes. Afternoon classes will be devoted to activities such as practical classes in health education, physical education, work skills training, free electives, clubs and supplementary teaching. School will start and end at the same times as previously.

full article: NNT
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: September 02, 2015, 11:30:07 AM »

No reason to punish the kids for their parents' and teachers' inability. Have a look at the ethnic Chinese. Why can they do? Because of their kids growing up in better economic circumstances. Having young adults sit in school just to spend time means depriving them of chances. I know many who work besides school, and also many who would, if they had the chance.

When I went to school I appreciated the freedom to choose, and I learned more from my hobbies and my working, and especially from my "wasting time", while others were "tended by their parents". My father tried in vain to make me interested in what he was good at: engineering and mechanics. But the world keeps turning. I gave my interests to more theoretical topics, topics nobody could (directly) see or hold in the hand. My teachers? They thought me to live on another planet and gave up on me. How good that was! ;D
Posted by: thaiwidowsandexpats
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:52:24 AM »

They also need to have the desire, motivation, ambition and parental encouragement + a bit of discipline.

I don't see too much evidence of that.
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: September 01, 2015, 08:30:27 PM »

That's a good approach. Then they do have more time for studying by themselves and the homework. The internet has changed the world. People don't need to sit in classrooms or the library for studying anymore. But they need the time to study.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 01, 2015, 05:29:56 PM »

Students allowed to choose how they spend shortened school days

Students will be allowed to leave their classrooms 90 minutes early every day and choose how they would like to fill their afternoons, thanks to a new learning and development initiative devised by the newly-appointed Education Minister.

full article: The nation