Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Friday, February 02, 2007

No Class Today!

Classes are cancelled frequently in Thailand. This is quite frustrating for Americans teaching in Thailand because we have an agenda! In Thailand, cultural activities take precedence over academic education. Classes may be cancelled because the students must offer food to the monks, as shown in these pictures. Classes are cancelled so students can sell products to raise money for school supplies. Carol had class cancelled because the students had to cut bamboo poles for Scout Camp. Bob has had classes cancelled because the students have to clean the campus or help unload trucks. Last week, parents came to school for a meeting. During the meeting, the principal mentioned that the village must raise $1,250 (about 50,000 baht) so that the students could eat on tables and chairs instead of the dusty concrete slab they have been using for several years. The teachers attended the meeting while the students sat in their rooms. We are having to adjust to this educational bias because we cannot change the culture, nor do we wish to change it! We can only hope to lead by example and present teaching academics as a positive, rewarding activity along with creative approaches.


At 5:25 AM, Blogger MJ said...

No've got 14 more months to do it...should be no problem!!!! :^)

At 11:16 PM, Blogger matt said... they get a Spring Break as well?


Post a Comment

<< Home