This little ditty is a form a friend asked me to fill out. She is a recent university graduate who just completed her teaching certification, and is now looking for teaching work at the primary school level. When she asked if I would provide her a recommendation, I was surprised that instead of a recommendation letter, or a phone call from the school, I am expected to fill out a form that rates this grown adult on the following traits, based on a three-point scale of 'good', 'average', or 'needs improvement':
- Shoes and socks
- Control of temper
Maybe if we want to fix the moribund Thai education system we should worry less about whether teachers wear socks and know how to stand properly, and focus more on, I don't know, modern pedagogical techniques? Egads.