How many 6th-graders does it take to….

Last week before morning assembly, we noticed that a lot of the older students were arriving at school especially early. During the morning assembly announcements (which, of course, I cannot understand) the 6th grade class suddenly marched away. I asked Jason why they were leaving and he explained they were going to a “study camp” to help prepare for the national exams which were coming up soon. There are about 18 kids: check out their transportation…

Retired software engineer from New Jersey, USA, happily married to Grace for 30 years, proud father of Michael for 29 years, I am enjoying traveling and teaching English as a second language in my retirement.

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9 comments on “How many 6th-graders does it take to….
  1. Leo says:

    Hi John,
    it’s nice to see you’re enjoying your trip! When you come back, we can do the same with your truck to go to The Connection!
    Take care!

  2. Cathy says:

    Hope you, Laurian and Jason have a wonderful three day weekend with teacher Pon. Be sure and tell us the important facts about Buri Ram after they’re explained to you. Sounds like it’ll be a fun surprise! Happy Buddha’s Birthday! Love you. B4N

    • Thank you, Cathy! I am looking forward to a 3-day break from teaching. Most teachers have been wearing white all week in honor of Buddha’s birthday. Also the kindergarten kids all brought flowers in today though I’m not sure what will happen to them. Love you.

  3. Cathy says:

    It’s interesting that we celebrate both Buddha’s B’day AND Valentine’s Day with flowers!
    Waddayaknow! ;-). B4N

  4. Cathy says:

    BURIRAM=CITY OF HAPPINESS. :-). Happy Valentine’s Day, too! Love you. B4N

  5. Margaret says:

    John, Impressed with how nice and bright these schools are. Assume this is an affluent area. Sounds like you’re keeping a pretty brisk schedule. Glad you have a few days off.

    • Hi Margaret… well, I’m a little surprised you got the impression this might be an affluent area because it certainly isn’t. The school grounds are nice and some of the classrooms have nice things on the walls but that’s about it. This is a very rural area and, while there are a few kids whose families are doing well, most kids families live in very primitive houses and the kids don’t seem to have much. On the other hand, no one is starving and everyone has a few extra baht discretionary spending money for the kids.