Orwellian obsession of morality + testing = “Moral students project”

A project offering a university education to “good students” is expanding to many provinces. […]

The project to set aside a special quota for students with a record of volunteerism and strong morals started four years ago in Nakhon Pathom. […]

More than 1,000 students have been recruited under the project so far, based not on academic tests but criteria such as good conduct, strong leadership, volunteer activities, environmental conservation and campaigning against drugs.

So here we go… it’s not important anymore to recruit students with real aptitudes, real knowledge… no… what the New Thailand needs are students with “good morality”…

Do you want to cry ?

We (people with at least 2 neurons and a knowledge of history) do know very well the meaning and consequences of those words when they are combined together : “project”, “good morality”, “volunteerism”… What’s the goal ? To create the perfect Thai student ? The perfect… human being ? The New Thai ?

Unfortunately, these twisted and sick policies have a real playground in countries like Thailand… All the lunatics, the very same who go to whorehouses and who are corrupted, seem so obsessed with “morality”.

They want to cure… the people. Your cure is their redemption.

Classic scheme. Seen over and over throughout history.

But wait, it’s getting even scarier.

Utumporn Jamornmann, director of the National Institute of Education Testing Service (NIETS), who is an expert in creating several national academic and aptitude tests to screen students for universities, said the project was a good start.

The country now does not have national morality tests due to the time limit for announcing national test results for hundreds of thousands of students.

NIETS also wants to create national morality tests and already has forms for such tests. Academic tests are not enough. However, to test what is in people’s minds is very hard. We need to do research to guarantee the accuracy of the tests,” he said. (Nation)

Utumporn Jamornmann and his absurd NIETS are a disgrace.

Shame on the thai government to fund this public organization (officially created in 2005) and to allow those lunatics to pursue their quest for “good morality”.

And as usual : we would like to know what our dashing Prime Minister Abhisit (allegedly educated at Oxford, in the UK, loud supporter of democracy, human rights, “rule of law”) is thinking about all this crap ?

15 Responses to “Orwellian obsession of morality + testing = “Moral students project””

  1. 1 Chris 2 February 2010 at 10:21 am

    Sounds like a screening system devised to “weed out” any students who are prone to “not showing enough respect” to their teachers and the “accepted” way of thinking, or maybe potential students from the “less-advanced” darker-complexion, Northeast-based ethnic background………

  2. 2 Bedwyr 2 February 2010 at 1:20 pm

    And as usual : we would like to know what our dashing Prime Minister Abhisit (allegedly educated at Oxford, in the UK, loud supporter of democracy, human rights, “rule of law”) is thinking about all this crap ?

    What do you mean TC? I don’t understand you.

    Abhisit has his orders, to create a compliant population so dissent will never ever happen again.

    Do you think he thought about it at all? He has his orders. Fetch! Good doggie!

  3. 3 Pricilla 2 February 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, probably a another inane headline that would be missed by most. And you are correct of course, I believe the expression is thin end of the wedge. Thailand doesn’t want the best and brightest running the country, it wants those with the correct (moral) attitude.

    All these undereducated, shiftless bureaucrats hired through nepotism sitting around looking for news ways to extort the actual working productive population can now apply a moral criteria to education. So more dullards that can afford the tea money moving on up to bigger and better things.

    The future of continued mediocrity though applied fascism just looks brighter and brighter.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 2 February 2010 at 8:19 pm

    future of continued mediocrity though applied fascism“… well said ! a very good expression I think . And a good summary of what could go wrong.

  5. 5 Lord HaHa 2 February 2010 at 8:44 pm


    This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one. Please don’t answer it without giving it some serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test where you stand morally.

    The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision one-way or the other. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.

    Please scroll down slowly and consider each line – this is important for the test to work accurately.

    You’re in Pattaya. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods. There are huge masses of water forming devastating waves. You are a news photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster.

    The situation is nearly hopeless – but you know that you will escape alive. You’re trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power, and is ripping everything away with it.

    Suddenly, you see a man in the water, and he is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer.

    Somehow the man looks familiar. And suddenly you know who it is – it’s Abhisit Vejjajiva! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away … forever.

    You have two options. You can try to save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So, you can save the life of Abhisit Vejjajiva, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo. A unique photo displaying the death the death of one of the world’s most powerful men.

    And here’s the question: (Please give an honest answer)

    Would you select color film, or go with the simplicity of classic black and white?

  6. 6 Lord HaHa 2 February 2010 at 8:54 pm


    The standard in morality monitoring.


  7. 7 Bedwyr 2 February 2010 at 8:59 pm

    WTF? I can get TC on ToT again.

    Must have downgraded you from public menace and threat to national security TC.

    How disappointing. I rather liked the adrenaline from reading a blog that was a threat to national security. Now I’ll have to go back to Ji.

  8. 8 fall 2 February 2010 at 10:56 pm

    So according to Thai value, the student with best morality are those who never question authorities, teachers, or puu yai… aka probably the dumbest in class.
    Equal opportunity project?

    IMO, it just sound too fishy and prone to corruption. Since puu yai and kamnan are more powerful than ordinary folk, their children must entitle to higher morality by default. Or would any teachers dare say otherwise, when ask by a principal who were lobbied by local authorities about their kids?

    But the NIETS national morality test should be fun to watch. I can picture of one the questions:
    “When Thai puu yai say something completely stupid and against the fact. What should you do?”
    A. Contradict him and make him loose face
    B. Ignore and nod like he just spout a sagely knowledge
    C. Clap loudly and hoot
    D. Silently glare and hope for a heart attack

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 2 February 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Good one Bob ! 😉 But you know, now with all the digital technologies… no need to ask yourself those kind of question. 😉

  10. 10 Chris 3 February 2010 at 3:10 am

    I think Fall has managed to hit one of the probable “morality test question” nails right on the head………

    Can anyone come up with some more of the probable questions?

  11. 11 BangkokDan 3 February 2010 at 10:09 am

    Another nice hard hitting piece, TC, but without knowing the facts and empirical stats behind it this all sounds slightly condescending.

    The only way to infiltrate the system is to participate – and then change from the inside. The true heros are the ones who endure all this brainwashing – but keep on thinking for themselves.

    So somehow this system allows hopefully decent minds to penetrate the core of the system.

    May the force be with them.

  12. 12 E. Spitzer 3 February 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I wonder what they’ll think of to cheat on the morality test ?


  13. 13 ThaiCrisis 3 February 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Dan, I admire your optimism. And I would like to share it. But when I read :

    “More than 1,000 students have been recruited under the project so far, based not on academic tests but criteria such as good conduct, strong leadership, volunteer activities, environmental conservation and campaigning against drugs.”

    … I mean It sounds pretty factual to me… And It’s like opening the Pandora Box, don’t you agree ?

    As for the heroes… Sure, I would like them to grow in number. But have you met those heroes ? Me, I haven’t.

    But I agree with you : we can still hope.

  14. 14 K.SaTan 3 February 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I think it could be better if they introduce a nice face test as well so they can grow up apshit clones for the future.

  15. 15 Chris 4 February 2010 at 7:11 am

    how about a “nicest smile” test as part of the university admissions process? Everybody knows that a “nice smile” and sparkling white teeth in perfect alignment are very helpful in being successful after all………

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