THE ANOTHER CLASSROOM
Experiencing in teaching for over 10 years, Wichian Chaiyabang told us that the best education is not learning by rote approach but the holistic one that not force students to memorize things or tell them in advance on how things should be. In other words, holistic education is the one that allow students to look towards things in different perspectives, let them discuss the subject, and learn from the process naturally. These will lead to the real understanding and equip them with the practical learning process they can apply in lives.
For over 8 years that Mr. Wichian has been a headmaster of Lamplaimat Pattana School, he has strictly applied the holistic educational system to the school and his effort had turned the school’s disadvantages of being in remote area into the outstanding one that has been the model for other schools.
“This school aim to build up a model school for the future education.” Wichian told us. “It operates under the government school’s condition but with different assessment approaches. We aim high for the better result and have many approaches to develop our teachers, students, and parents that allow them to learn together along the process. We want to let other schools know that all these are possible under limited operation cost.” He added.
“My school let the teachers hone through the trial-and-error process to learn by themselves. I don’t want them to teach from other people’s knowledge, our teachers teach from their own knowledge. We also don’t force students to learn from the schedule. They are allowed to choose the topic of each semester. It is better to let them learn things they eager to learn. From the subject they choose, for example – water, we can expand the topic into other areas such as Economics, plant, blood cell, or mathematics. “He explained.