Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 26, 2014 It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students. There can, however, be certain benefits to … More Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 4: Hey, teachers! Allow those kids to grow

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 30, 2013 In the penultimate part of the Siam Voices 2013 year in review, we look at an important but often neglected issue: education As regular readers may know, we often have talked about Thailand’s lagging education system, which has a lot of problems in a lot of … More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 4: Hey, teachers! Allow those kids to grow

Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 17, 2013 On Monday we reported on the Thammasat University student and her provocative poster campaign against student uniforms. Now, the controversial student known as “Aum Neko” is facing more trouble: A TV show host has accused the student known for her campaign against mandatory uniform wearing of … More Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Racy posters spark uniform debate at Thai university

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 16, 2013 The ongoing debate on student uniforms takes a racy turn, as one student’s poster campaign challenges the necessity of uniforms at Thammasat University. They’re a common sight everywhere you go: young women in white blouses and black skirts or young men in white dress shirts and black dress pants, … More Racy posters spark uniform debate at Thai university

The fight against Thailand’s archaic and militaristic education system

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 31, 2013 We have previously highlighted the dismal state of Thailand’s education system and have explored the various reasons for its failures: from ridiculous questions being asked in the annual O-Net tests, questionable standardization of these tests, to poor PISA scores, horrendous English-language training and thus proficiency or virtually non-existent sexual … More The fight against Thailand’s archaic and militaristic education system

Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2012 This is the second and final part of the Siam Voices year-in-review. Yesterday in part 1, we looked at the year of prime minister’s government, that of the opposition and the prevailing impunity over the 2010 crackdown. Lese majeste: Cowardice in the face of first victim … More Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Pupils’ hunger strike exposes corruption in Thai school admissions

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 31, 2012 SEE UPDATE AND CORRECTION BELOW! A hunger strike by schoolchildren who have been barred from advancing to the upper secondary level at their Bangkok school has highlighted the ever-existing problem of corruption when it comes to parents finding a place to learn for their children in … More Pupils’ hunger strike exposes corruption in Thai school admissions

Did Thai report really say Facebook ’causes teen pregnancy’?

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 5, 2012 Last week, we have reported on a report by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) that suggests that “Facebook partly causes teen pregnancies“. While this assertion is still totally laughable, I grew somehow skeptical about the English language article the previous post was based on. … More Did Thai report really say Facebook ’causes teen pregnancy’?

Arbitrary Thai survey blames Facebook for teen pregnancies

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 28, 2012 We recently had Valentine’s Day and like every year, the Thai Moral Taliban Police has been patrolling the streets to crack down on young lovebirds who might commit the crime of love (making) – since some survey suggests that many teenagers are hell-bent to loose their … More Arbitrary Thai survey blames Facebook for teen pregnancies

How to raise your Thai child culturally correct

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 22, 2011 A recent survey has found that the Thai youth is increasingly abusing drugs, cigarettes and alcohol as early as about 15 (although one Thai news outlet has horrendously ‘misinterpreted’ the numbers). The pollsters have cited “studying difficulties, family issues and financial problems” as causes for young … More How to raise your Thai child culturally correct