For Thai students of all ages, the school day begins with routine group activities such as singing the national anthem and prayer. Strict rules govern uniforms and hairstyles, breeding a culture focused on the collective rather than the individual. Inside the classroom, the environment again encourages conformity _ questioning teachers is discouraged.
CLEAR VISION: Schoolboy Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. PHOTOS: THANARAK KHOONTON
But one student, frustrated by what he sees as impediments to true learning, has stood up and asked: ''Why?''
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