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Archive for July 12th, 2010

This is China- In a Picture

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


Two things you will always find in China, people and pollution. Look at the sky, it is sad. I really enjoy China, there is a lot to love here. But, I have been here for so long, that I have forgotten what a beautiful blue sky looks like.

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Dui-Hua- What is It

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


Does anyone know about this organization? I tried to access it, but it has been blocked here.

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Cheatin In Chinese Universities- Say it Aint so…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


from the CD
I am beating this horse to death (Cheating in Chinese universities) but it is so appalling that it deserves the attention. This is from the chinadaily

” Hundreds of students at the Beijing TV and Broadcasting University were found cheating in exams held Saturday even as supervisors turned a blind eye to their shenanigans.

In fact, if some accounts are to be believed, they actually helped the students to cheat.

This has clearly turned the spotlight on the country’s distance education program.

Whether such learning programs are just diploma mills or bona fide centers of continuing education is a question that is troubling many.

It is unclear if such cheating is rampant elsewhere as well.

In this case, it was reported that the teachers had given students copies of the answers before the exams began.

The higher the number of students passing the exams and getting these academic degrees or diplomas, the more bonuses teachers will be paid by such universities.

The quality of such continuing education programs for adults has already gone down the hill. These days, those who fail to enter universities by passing the national college entrance examinations enroll at these higher learning institutions.

Tuition fees from these students support such universities, and hence, teachers are forced to keep mum about the malpractice. In such a scenario, distance learning programs become a waste of resources and funds, as they will never help improve the overall quality of the labor force.

It is high time that this system of education was overhauled. Emphasis should be placed on how students can benefit from what they learn, rather than on the success rate of diplomas or degree certificates awarded.

In the first place, such universities should never be permitted to become profit-oriented. Supervision needs to be tightened to ensure that these kinds of institutions are shut before they do too much damage.”

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Living and Working in China- Open Crotch Pants

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


China is bizarre, it is like the Beverly Hillbillies breeding with HeeHaw. You just never know what you will see here. Today, I was taking the subway home late, and on line 13 which runs in the north of Beijing I saw a sad sight. I was going to take a photo, but my human decency would not allow it.
I saw some guy, he had to be retarded, selling newspapers from train car to car. The sad thing was that his britches were held up with twine, and in the seat of his pants, they had cut a slit, just like they do for the babies to defecate out of. So, here is this grown man, probably feeble, and he is walking along selling newspapers in the Beijing subway, and his ass is hanging out. The poor thing has to move and hit us up for money to eat. The really sad thing is that I have heard that the cops and security guards put these guys up to it and will get physical with them if they do not beg or sell things and earn enough cash. The worst lines are 13 and 10.

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Chinese Living-China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


Downtown Beijing.

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Famous Chinese Saying

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


“Under the whole heaven, there is no land that is not the Emperor’s, and within the

sea-boundaries of the land, there is none who is not a subject of the Emperor.”

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Beijing at Dawn

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


Shot from the CBD area of Beijing.

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Plagairism and Foregners Who Come to America

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 12, 2010


Here is a story of plagairism at OU. It is sad, as foreigners (with the exception of Europe-west) do not have the same standards when it comes to academic honesty and integrity. I know this is a generalization, but it actually comes from first hand experience in over ten coutnries on 3 continents and first hand detailed accdoiunts from professors at leading instittutions. For instance in Vietnam (first hand account- one can earn an A for the price of around 2000 of their dollars, in China it can vary from 40 to 300 US dollars and so one). In many countries cheating is so rampant that pure academic research is slipping.

For instance this snippet is about a guy from Sri Lanka named Rantaunga, who plagairized seven pages directly from a Chinese guy’s masters these. Rantaunga did not cite the Chinese guy and thus he plagairized. He said that he had cited the Chinese guy in other parts and thus he ‘did not know he was doing wrong’. Rantaunga is now a full time professor and has a PhD from OU.

The US is to blame, we want their money so we put up with their shit. We devalue our own educational system for a little gold. It is a sad state, and we by doing nothing are guilty as well. If we wish to become a nation like those in which copying and fraud are rampant, ie. China, then we are on the right path.

exerpt:

“..Sri Lankan student described that system in detail. He identified one researcher responsible for it as Zhizhong Zhou, a Chinese student who had received his master’s degree at OU the year before.

Ranatunga didn’t, however, use quotation marks or footnotes to indicate that, with only slight variations, he had taken about seven pages directly from Zhou’s thesis.

Ranatunga, now an engineering professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, acknowledges copying the material but says he didn’t think he was “doing something wrong” because he’d named the author in his text and bibliography.

The lapse of attribution has embroiled him in one of higher education’s largest plagiarism scandals. Acting on allegations made by a former graduate student who discovered the duplicated material while combing through past theses, the 20,000-student public university is taking action against 39 mechanical engineering graduates, 36 of them from abroad. It has ordered them to address plagiarism allegations involving theses dating back 20 years or risk having their degrees revoked.”

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