When the thai Education Ministery meets the Black Jesus… there are sparks


Ready for the joke of the day, gold medal ?

Exactly 48 hours after the election of Obama, an official at Education Ministry wants us to believe that she has endorsed… his policies. A very long time ago of course, I mean before the elections. And with a burning enthusiasm !

She has met the Black Jesus, nothing less, the Messiah to solve the education problems in Thailand (and God knows, sorry Obama knows that we have many…). What a Herculean task.


Need some PR ? You lack press coverage ? You want your 15 minutes of fame ? You haven’t received enough love from your parents during your childhood ? Be strong.

With your Obama story, you made it. And you even got a bonus : people are going to laugh at you. Nice, isn’t it ?

Barack Obama’s education policies have inspired the Education Ministry to change its own policies in the early childhood sector.

Changes inspired by the US president-elect’s platform will be introduced as guidelines in national education development for the 2009 academic year.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) secretary-general Kasama Voravarn na Ayutthaya said Mr Obama’s education policy matched Obec’s plan to prepare pre-schoolers for entering kindergarten.

She urged directors of education zones to study Mr Obama’s “Zero to Five” policy from his website and adopt it as a development guideline.

“Mr Obama’s policy focuses on educating parents on how to properly raise their children. This is what we are still missing,” she said.

Khunying Kasama said Obec wants to see all schools and education zones follow the policy, particularly with regards to educating parents on how to prevent their children from getting addicted to online games, and lapsing into bad behaviour. (Bangkok Post)

By the way, you’ll notice the very deep and powerful thinking behind those “policies” : in order to educate the children we have to educate their parents ! Perhaps, we have to educate the thai authorities too…

I think I need to cry.

8 Responses to “When the thai Education Ministery meets the Black Jesus… there are sparks”

  1. 1 Bedwyr 7 November 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Unbelievable. Seriously, just unbelievable.

    You just couldn’t make this shit up.

    Could Thais possibly look any more clueless without wearing underpants on their heads?

    A sobering thought that this woman, as with all of them, think they are being shrewd and innovative.



  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 7 November 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Indeed, it’s tasty, I love this kind of stuff. It suits perfectly my “weird-bigotry” category.

    However, I always have a little disclaimer somewhere, a little voice behind my back : translation issues.

    I know it sounds stupid, but I always want to give them some credit, a little bit : “communication problem”.

    Perhaps… the Education Minister just talked about the… electoral victory of Obama.

    You never know. Everything is possible in Thailand.

  3. 3 Fonzi 7 November 2008 at 7:36 pm

    This is sheer comedy.

    I like the Black Jesus bit. Maybe Black Buddha is better in the Thai context.

    It looks like the Chinese disciple will take down the mistranslated words of the Black Jesus from the Holy Website.

    “Let there be a Zero to Five education policy,” said the Black Messiah.

    The Chinese disciple wrote, “Every Thai bureaucrat should heed the words of the Lord and make it so.”

    Black Jesus saw his work and said it was good.

    “Every child should have a computer in the classroom, but no wacking off to porn or playing violent video games,” said the Lord.

    The Chinese disciple wrote, “Every Thai bureaucrat should heed the words of the Lord, no more wacking off to porn on the internet.”

    Black Jesus saw his work and said it was good.

    Let every Thai parent be properly educated in raising their children by a Chinese bureaucrat with their head up their arse.

    The Chinese disciple wrote, “Every Thai parent has his head up his arse.”

    Black Jesus saw his work and said it was good.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 7 November 2008 at 8:00 pm

    ->Fonzi : I really like your biblical parable !

    By the (not) way : why is it impossible to write a comment on your blog, without creating a… Google/Blogger account ?
    I wanted to react on your CTX post.

  5. 5 Ken 8 November 2008 at 1:11 am

    The article is too weighted with sarcasm and contains scant little substance.

  6. 6 Bedwyr 8 November 2008 at 4:32 am

    As a follow-up to the extraordinary incompetence displayed by this stupid woman, the following article in today’s Bangkok Post is worth a look:


    “At least 4,000 primary and secondary schools are in urgent need of help from the Education Ministry after their performances failed to pass the test set by the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA)”.

    Out of 23,000 schools examined, 4000 passed basic fitness criteria. That is about 17%

    Perhaps the Minister should forget about Obama, smart-alec bright ideas and sound bites for a while and get on with the job she is paid to do but which she is clearly not doing very well.


  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 8 November 2008 at 7:16 am

    ->Ken : you’re certainly talking about the (unintentional) sarcasm of the Bangkok Post’s article…

    My own irony in this case is only a mirror of what they wrote and what the minister said.

    Now, if you’re unable or unwilling to appreciate it, too bad.

    The “little substance” as you said is … theirs. Obviously.

    To say that “in order to educate the children we need to educate their parents“… is indeed “little substance“.

    A very tiny little microscopic substance. πŸ˜‰

  8. 8 dooda 13 November 2008 at 10:24 am

    i suppose the Education Minister himself is a good example for his children? i am sure the parents and children had good, memorable family times planning preparations of wedding and discussing the cost-saving measures….

    from Bkkpost:

    “The Education Ministry has been asked to explain why Saowabha Vocational College used its funds, staff and students in the wedding of the education minister’s son on what was called a “training programme”
    “Under a college order No 204/2551 issued on Friday, staff were assigned to provide catering for nine monks and 300 guests in the morning function from 10.30am to 12.30pm… The order specified the names of the staff and their responsibilities, as well as the expenses to be covered by the budget set aside for raw materials for training and education development.”
    “They were told to produce a letter seeking permission from parents to allow 20 third-year students to make and pack the souvenirs…The costs for student allowances and raw materials were to be reimbursed from the college under the career promotion programme. To enable this, the Home Economics division opened up a new holistic course, which offered the students first-hand experience in designing and making wedding souvenirs.”


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