I have been in Thailand six years. My daughter is 11 and has had five years in an up country school. She is half Thai half Australian but culturally she is 80% Thai. She has built a reputation amongst her teachers as being extremely well behaved and most of all respectful. I think most people in this forum have forgotten what the behavior of kids in western societies is like especially at school. There is no way I would want to teach in a school in any western country. Back to my daughter, we have now moved from the bush down to Bangkok and she has started at a new private school here. She is in the normal program not IP. She has commented to me about the lack of respect shown towards teachers here and about the bad behavior of all the kids compared to her old bush school.
I think it's a matter of the western influence again changing Thai society. Up country where things are still traditional Thai the kids are great, down here in the big smoke where it is so weternised and traditional Thai culture is gone the kids are rotten little shits.
With krung krung kids I think a lot has to do with which culture they accept as theirs. My daughter has accepted Thai culture as being a part of her life so fits in to the scheme of things well.
What goes on in Bangkok is NOT a reflextion of Thai society. Bangkokians have lost their traditional Thainess and become who knows what ????