Well, I couldn't agree more with James ('My Ideas for Change', 27th November)
My idea is to force early retirement on all the senior staff and administrators that are stuck in the old way. Move in the leaders of more advanced and progressive schools. Put a few military minded personnel in to control the Thai teachers and quit treating the students like they are in the military.
In addition, make it illegal for any student to take extra tutorial lessons at any tutorial business owned by a teacher at their campus.
All this extra paper work the Thai teachers do is to cover up the lack of work they really do. Test grades, activities, attendance etc...are all fabricated to make it look like they are do a great job when in fact they are doing nothing at all.
Next put foreigners in charge of the programs they are teaching in. It is legal (but the skimming off the top would cease and that is the problem. The money is available but they charge extra for a program that should be given as a part of the educational process.)
They can answer to a Thai Director or Vice Director but a Thai is incapable of communicating, understanding, relating to, or desiring to accept us, our methods or in some cases our higher platforms of subject knowledge and presentation. (The Loss of Face Syndrome)
Promote only proficient speakers of English into Administration as Directors.
To help with this, make it mandatory that all directors spend one year working and being mentored in a foreign country to observe, engage, and open their minds before they can take a position of director. This will force learning English as an important part of promotion. Money is available if not skimmed off.
Just my idea. But we all know things won't change until ......
Just a concerned nobody