As Thais vote, a struggle with education

As Thais vote, a struggle with education – Reuters, May 30, 2011
…”If you look at history textbooks, it’s littered with myths about ancient warriors and old-time enmities with neighboring countries. It’s still driven by nationalism without a global perspective on how Thailand fits into the world,” said Charnvit Kasetsiri, a historian who has campaigned to improve the social science curriculum.
…The teacher asked the boy to re-read a passage in which the prince explains how Thai people originated from southern China between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Looking up from the text, he asked: “How did he find out where our ancestors came from? Did he go there and talk to people in Yunnan and Sichuan?” The teacher brushed it aside, instead telling him to continue reading to improve his speed…

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