Khun Ohm and Khun Supreeda Asavakovit
Our Parent Spotlight in the latest Panyaden Newsletter (Issue 32, Jan/Feb ’18) is on Khun Ohm and Khun Supreeda Asavakovit, parents of Pordee Kindergarten 1 Caterpillars.
“The traditional education we experienced does not teach how to build ‘lifelong happiness’. We decided to find an alternative school that not only focuses on academics but also on building values and life skills for students.”
“In the past, we studied hard for entrance to famous schools and universities because we thought being a student in a prestigious school is a symbol of success. We studied hard for the main subjects for the entrance tests but neglected others that were important to our life. The purpose of learning was only for passing the exams. When we grew up and settled down, we asked ourselves if this is the real life success we have been searching for. Does it bring happiness to our present day? And the answer is ‘No’. We may have succeeded in working hard but have failed in building happiness and stable minds. This was the impetus for us to find a different school for our kid.”
“When we visited Panyaden for the parent interview, we were confident (almost 90%) to send our kid here based on studying the school information. When we met Kru Boy and heard about the 12 Wise Habits, we knew it was the right decision. Kru Boy interviewed us on how we disciplined our kid when he’s behaved inappropriately and we said we used corporal punishment, just as our parents did as is typical in Thai homes. Kru Boy joked that for this, one point would be deducted from the parents’ application (laughing). He shared with us the school’s approach towards students’ behaviour. We were really impressed and agreed that it was a good approach.”
Nong Pordee has been a Panyaden student for 2 years. “We see that he is really happy learning and being at school, the most outstanding development is his sharing and thinking of others. In future, we would like him to do what he loves, to know himself, know how happiness happens in his mind and to live his life with ‘Mattanuta’ (the right amount), just like his name.”
Khun Ohm and Khun Poon told us that they felt like students again when Pordee first started at Panyaden: learning the 12 Wise Habits, listening to dhamma talks, practicing Samadhi (being calm and focused) and exchanging ideas with other parents.
Read the interview in Thai here in Issue 32 (Jan/Feb ’18) of Panyaden Newsletter.