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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Fraud Alert: Chinese #MSFT Exec Lies About Education

Edit: I have changed the former title of this posting because it turns out there is a company called All In Education, and this writing has nothing to do with them. I am proactively trying to take this story off the Google list as the top story on All In Education in order that they get more prominence. Apologies in advance if anyone there had been trying to reach me and could not.

Former Microsoft China Prez Admits Diploma Buying

The pressure to be on top is big in China, where many graduates of prestigious universities in China — there are really only two or three — must vie for the attention of other luckier graduates from prestigious universities in the states and Europe. If you are already well along in years, then the next best thing you can do to stay ahead of your job market competitors is to have a PhD rather than just an applied sciences degree.

What better way to get ahead, then, but to buy you way to success!

Here’s an under-reported story in the states. Former Microsoft China President Tang Jun has admitted to buying his PhD diploma from a diploma mill. There’s huge pressure to do this for people in China. I’m not going to pretend I know all the ins and outs of this issue, but certainly Tang Jun is not the first, and he won’t be the last.

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Gene Berthelsen 1937 — 2011

I am posting this obit sent to me by a former employer and good friend, John Berthelsen, whose brother died on April 12.

John is a good friend, and he wrote his brother’s obituary. I found the writing in it to be touching, frank and candid. I think it’s beneficial to read it and take some reflection of the people in our lives we have lost.

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Thomas Vaidhyan: CEO, Aten Inc.

Thomas Vaidhyan, CEO, Aten, sat with me for a few minutes and talked about his company and the role he wishes to play in improving public education. Thomas is spurred on by his son’s experience in education and his experiences growing up in India.

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Thousand Hearts Japan Earthquake Relief Concert in Pasadena this Saturday

PASADENA – Grammy-nominated band Hiroshima, a jazz and pop band, will headline the “Thousand Hearts” Japan earthquake relief concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Featured entertainers will include:HIROSHIMA (jazz band) – Nominated for a Grammy last year, Hiroshima is an American jazz/ fusion smooth jazz band. Their latest album Legacy is a celebration of their 30th year in the recording industry.

QUEST CREW (dance group) – Multi-talented and charismatic Quest Crew entertained their way into MTV viewer’s homes and hearts to become America’s best dance crew. With a high energy mix of mind-blowing tricks and innovative choreography, Quest Crew continues to bring audiences to their feet while on stage or on the screen.

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (actor) – Phillips is an American film, television, and stage actor. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I.

Also featuring: Dante Basco (actor/ Hook), Briana Evigan (actress/ Step up 2, Sorority Row), Julia Ling (actress/ Chuck, NBC), (Mark Dacascos, Iron Chef America / Food Network, Dancing with the Stars, Season 9)

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