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Education ministry says curriculum revamp will promote analytical thinking over rote learning

Maya Taylor



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As anti-government sentiment among Thailand’s student population shows no sign of abating, the Education Ministry says it plans to overhaul the Basic Education Core Curriculum to provide students with a better understanding of political developments in the Kingdom between 1932 and 1957.

Supat Chumpathong says the new curriculum will also place more of a focus on analytical thinking, instead of learning by rote. The Thai education system has come in for criticism in some quarters for not fostering critical thinking among students.

University academics are being drafted in to help with the revamp, with a draft expected to be submitted to the Education ministry by mid-December, in the hope it can be implemented in the 2022 academic year.

Supat says the social studies curriculum will be updated to consist of information currently not included. The ongoing anti-government protests refer to a 1932 revolution, organised by Khana Ratsadon (the People’s Party), that overthrew King Rama VII’s government, ending absolute monarchy in Thailand. One group of current-day protesters calls itself Khana Radsadon 2563 (2020) in memory of the original party.

The Bangkok Post also reports that Veera Khaengkasikarn, deputy permanent secretary for education, says the ministry plans to roll out teaching of “Sufficiency Economy” values in Thai schools.

To date, 27,520 academic establishments are considered, “Sufficiency Schools”, 570 of which are learning centres promoting the philosophy of Thailand’s 3 pillars of nation, religion, and monarchy, nationwide. The philosophy is aimed at creating a spirt of unity during times of crisis in the Kingdom.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:35 am

    No hope for education when 2 of the core principles to be taught are religion and monarchy !

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      42nd Battalion

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      “A better understanding of political developments in Thailand between 1932 – 1957″….I love how they admit things so honestly in Thailand. What that means is they are going to rewrite history to fit with any current agenda. Probably another mandate from UN, UNESCO.

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    42nd Battalion

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    The word “sustainable” has been burnt out. Looks like it’s being replaced with “sufficiency”. At the UN they want to restructure the global economy. Climate change, covid, sustainable, sufficient, its all in service of this restructuring in which all human activities will be regulated and monitored. So the UN says “we have to update the indoctrination” and Thailand says “no problem, can do”. Wouldnt it be nice just once if a country could form policy independently.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      I think you may have that the wrong way round – that “sufficiency” is being replace by “sustainable”, at least outside Thailand where “sufficiency” is written in to the constitution.

      I’d be interested to see how anyone can “promote analytical thinking” as well as teach a “sufficiency economy” , as while the philosophy of “sufficiency” (essentially moderation) has rightly been applauded the practicalities and implementation have proved impossible for successive governments unless everyone has “sufficient” to start with – fine for the “haves” as they have no need to borrow (the main issue to be avoided), but not so much for the “have-nots” who don’t and who are consequently unavoidably and inevitably dependent on the “haves” for their jobs and livelihoods.

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      preesy chepuce

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Is something to do with the Green Movement? sustainability -> sufficiency -> subsistence.

      And they still say Malthus was nuts!

      Is some poor terrified academic going to be told what the new meaning of “analytical” is?

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