In my second ethnography project, students were required to interview a Thai elder about education in their village. I wanted my students to learn how Thai schools, teaching methods, and classroom equipment have changed over the decades. I followed up this activity by having students make “then and now” comparisons. This list is comprised of the best 10 reports (as paraphrased and summarized by me).
Posts Tagged ‘Buddhism’
This chapter takes place in Thailand, where I had created a sense of stability for awhile. It makes cross-cultural comparisons with how different cultures respond to poverty. However, the primary focus is placed on the politics of being an American living abroad shortly after the 9-11 crisis. As a seasonal flood begins to destroy my home, I pull out my father’s flag and ask what it still means to me. (more…)
Dragging my students into Buddhist Hell can lead to an interesting educational experience. In this article, I take them to Wat Muang, an amazing temple in Anthong. The goal is to coax them into using English by explaining the meanings behind all the surrealistic statues and images. (more…)