The persisting problems in Thailand that need to be solved urgently require inclusive cooperation from people of all levels, gender and age. I suggest that we firstly define clear core values of Thai people so that we can build a strong nation. The people must first be strong. Therefore the people should possess the following attributes:
1. Upholding the nation, the religions and the Monarchy, which is the key institution
2. Being honest, sacrificial and patient with positive attitude for the common good of the public
3. Being grateful to the parents, guardians and teachers
4. Seeking knowledge and education directly and indirectly
5. Treasuring the precious Thai tradition
6. Maintaining moral, integrity, well-wishes upon others as well as being generous and sharing
7. Understanding, learning the true essence of democratic ideals with His Majesty the King as the Head of State
8. Maintaining discipline, respectful of laws and the elderly and seniority
9. Being conscious and mindful of action in line with His Majesty’s the King’s statements
10. Practicing the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy of His Majesty the King. Saving money for time of need. Being moderate with surplus used for sharing or expansion of business while having good immunity
11. Maintaining both physical and mental health and unyielding to the dark force or desires, having sense of shame over guilt and sins in accordance with the religious principles
12. Putting the public and national interest before personal interest.
These are the 12 core values of the Thai people that I have compiled.
BP: BP wants to be clear. These are values that Prayuth has personally compiled. It is the values that he thinks that Thais should have. The Nation reports:
From this year’s second semester onwards, students at all levels will be required to recite the “12 core values of the Thai people”, either as part of their daily flag-raising ceremony or in class, Kamol Rodklai, chief of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) said yesterday.
He added that his office would forward the verse to all educational-service area offices to ensure students from Prathom 1 to Mathayom 6 recite it every day. The “12 core values” will also be turned into a song so it’s easier to remember, and Obec will also ask academics to seek more effective ways to imbibe these values in young ones.
Karun Sakulpradit, chief of the Office of Non-formal and Informal Education, said his agency would also add this list of core values to the curriculum so students can learn them by heart and implement them in daily life. All non-formal and informal facilities would also put these core values up on a signboard so everybody can read them.
BP: Effective ways to imbibe these values in young ones? Well, that is one way of putting it. This requirement to recite Prayuth’s core values, together with the merit passport, is education reform you can believe in….
Btw, for students who refuse to recite Prayuth’s core values, will they be sent for attitude adjustment?