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Sawadee kha, Sawadee khrap


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Education in Thailand seems to be organized very well. Most children go to school for at least 4 years. Even the smallest village has a school. Almost every Thai person can read and write. There is less analphabetism than in the Netherlands.
There is a very essential difference between education in Thailand and in the Netherlands. Education in Thailand is focused upon knowing: facts, lists, … The teachers are respected (by both students and parents) and critisising a teacher (almost) never happens.
In the Netherlands children have to learn facts as well, but the focus is upon thinking, having your own opinion. As a result there is sometimes no respect for the teachers.
An example is when we try to speak English with Thai people. English is taught in Thailand at every school. Often by teachers who do not speak English very well. The result is that we don’t understand their English, and they don’t understand ours. And we do it wrong, because they do it the way they have learned it.
When we speak to Thai friends who lived abroad or who have worked for a foreign company, we have no problem understanding each other. Those friends have the same problem, they don’t understand their fellow Thai when they speak English.


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