Archive for June, 2013


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Transport minister Chadchat Sittipunt

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

Realising he would miss his flight if he did not get off the bus quickly, Mr Chadchat alighted at the busy Victory Monument intersection where he was whisked away to the airport by his chauffeur-driven car — an alternative notavailable to the rest of us.

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Kids can be cruel. Almost as cruel as so-called grown-ups.

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

The Hate Page

The boy created a Facebook Page called something like, “I Hate Cassidy and I Hope She Dies.” Friends of Cassidy’s on Facebook started liking the page and then making horrible comments about how much they hated her too, and that she should ‘just die’ or ‘just kill herself’. She was called names as well, cutting names about her appearance. There were accusations of being a brown-noser or teacher’s pet, but in coarse terms like ‘bitch’ and worse.

 

Because of the cyber bullying, Cassidy was convinced her friends had never really liked her and really were going to hate her forever. She believed the lies about her appearance and personality. Cassidy sobbed for a long time, many times. Cassidy had a strong relationship with her parents and knew she could talk to them. She showed her Mom and Dad the hate page and told them how it made her feel. They told her about their experiences, that this isn’t something new, it’s just a new and horribly cowardly way to do it. It wasn’t brushed off and ignored, the situation was just given some context by two people who had lots of life experience in this kind of thing. They also told her they’d take care of it and try not to embarrass her even further. So often kids are scared that if their parents step in, they’re just going to make things worse. That’s not the case if the parents show tact, diplomacy, and discretion.

The School’s Response

Her Dad is an IT guy and took screenshots of everything and determined when the page was actually created – during class time in the computer lab, under teacher supervision. Her parents thought that this was something the school would want to know about, and trusted that the school would help put an end to this cyber bullying. With the print-outs in hand, they went to see the school’s Principal. Not only did he offer no support other than a little glad-handing and perfunctory, “Oh I’m sorry about this.”, it came out that the teacher of that class actually HELPED the boy make the hate page. “It’s on the Internet, there’s nothing we can do. The Internet is not our responsibility.” the Principal said. The teachers response, in front of Cassidy’s Mom was, “Well, I have to go tell the boy to get it off there before he gets in trouble, and tell the other kids to get off of it too!”

This was the same teacher who helped the boy make the page. The teacher tracked down the family, as they were headed out of country on a vacation, to tell the boy to take the page down before he got in trouble. The page came down immediately and some rude remarks were made by his parents about Cassidy’s parents being troublemakers. Nothing happened in the way of discipline or even an apology. Coincidentally, the boy’s family is a fairly prominent one in that little western town.

Up the chain, the parents went to the Superintendent of the school district. Cassidy’s parents knew a thing or two about municipal politics and bureaucracy, so they knew how to manoeuvre the system and what key things to say to a Superintendent. They did get his attention, and he did give the Principal a mini-lecture, but still nothing was done to discipline the teacher OR the student that did the cyber bullying. “I can’t do anything. The Teachers’ Union has my hands tied.”, said the Superintendent. Coincidentally, the Superintendent was retiring very soon.

I really hate Facebook personally but this time they got it RIGHT!!! Well done Facebook.

Facebook’s Response

Her parents then contacted Facebook directly and brought the page to their attention. They responded quickly and responsibly, sending the parents copies of the now-removed page so they’d have something to take to the authorities. The fellow that they talked with was compassionate and extremely helpful. Good for you Facebook, good for you.

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Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

แบบฝึกหัดเชื่อมโยงกับวิดีโอคลิป PaddleของThe Internship. สรุปคลิปเป็นภาษาอังกฤษ

In this clip from the comedy about two former salesmen who attempt to re-boot their careers with an internship at Google, Billy (Vince Vaugn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) repeatedly give the "wrong" answers during a workplace conduct seminar. 

 

หัวเรื่องสมุดภาพด้านบนAt The Supermarket. 

เรีบนรู้21 คำศัพท์ใหม่และการแสดงความคิดเกี่ยวข้องกับหัวเรื่อง  ทุกคำศัพท์มีภาพประกอบ    คำจำกัดความ มีตัวอย่างประโยคแบบง่ายง่ายพร้อมกับการออกเสียง 

 

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supermoon, perigee moon, June 22-23

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

If you like moon photos, you have thousands of new ones to choose from on the internet today. People have been pointing their cameras at our lunar neighbour all weekend.

The reason, of course, is the moon has just given us its biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It has come within 357,000 kilometres of Earth, making it appear about 14 percent larger than normal and about 30 percent brighter.

Unfortunately, even this "Supermoon" is not bright enough to penetrate rain clouds, so the show has not been sospectacular here in Thailand where the rainy season has begun.

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Grayson Clamp, hear for the first time, deaf, auditory brainstem implant

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

Grayson, a three-year-old, has started to babble and is working hard to learn some words to say. He’s a little late compared to other children, but Grayson has had a few more challenges in his life than other children his age. 

Apart from heart surgery and the loss of sight in one eye, until May 21 this year, he had never heard a sound. He was completely deaf. 

Grayson was born without the nerves (the cochlear nerves) that take sound from the inner ear to the brain. Surgeonsat the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. implanted a device into his brainstem that corrected the missing connection, the first time this has been done with a child.

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Designed to make learning English a great deal easier. Every day we cover key stories in the news, define dozens of words in English and Thai and even include sound files of most of the stories for you to hear.

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

The subcommittee’s loss estimate of more than 200 billion baht for the previous crops led to strong criticism, while Moody’s Investors Service warned that such huge losses threatened Thailand’s credit rating, although the company later walked back the comment.

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Designed to make learning English a great deal easier. Every day we cover key stories in the news, define dozens of words in English and Thai and even include sound files of most of the stories for you to hear.

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

In previous generations, an army of friends or relatives did not attend the graduation and hardly more than a dozen showed up. Chatpong Tangmanee, a Chulalongkorn University graduate from 1985 says: ”It used to be a day for yourself and your family. The only friends who would show up were your close ones, because it was harder to keep in touch then. Today, family seems to take a back seat to all the friends and colleagues and ironically, grads can’t evenallocate enough time to their guests because they invited practically everyone on Facebook.”

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Expo 2020, Ayutthaya

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

The team visited Ayutthaya from Jan 28 to Feb 1 this year and gave the government until April 5 to answer its questions about the project’s financial, legislative, organisational anddiplomatic aspects. But the failure of the government to respond had cast doubts on the project’s feasibility. Another BIG screwup from the current Thai government. 

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