(Yet) Another Variation on the “Dog & Pony Show” Theme

This is a topic I've written (and spoken) about for many years.   It might be time for me to update a 2014 article of mine entitled Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment about the many ways in which education companies cheat their partners, non-partners, and clients.  The list just keeps getting longer and longer.  Sigh.   … Continue reading (Yet) Another Variation on the “Dog & Pony Show” Theme

Snowplow Parents: A Global Phenomenon?

Here's a story you don't see every day though there are probably countless more than are reported in professional Facebook groups.  Mommy and Daddy know best.  These parents are interchangeably referred to as lawnmower or snowplow parents,.  Their (dis)service to their children is to remove every obstacle in the latter's path.  Think of it as … Continue reading Snowplow Parents: A Global Phenomenon?

Click Farms in the Education Industry? You Betcha!

This is yet another laughable yet very real practice in the education industry.  Yes, dear reader, there are people in the biz who sit around doing this because 1) they have nothing better to do; 2) they're mean and spiteful little creatures; and 2) they don't realize just how short life is.  More commonly, there are … Continue reading Click Farms in the Education Industry? You Betcha!

Using Competitors’ Names in Google AdWords

How many ways are there to skin a cat, when it comes to cheating students, parents, clients and partners?  Here's one example that I mentioned in a 12/14 article about (un)ethical agency-based recruitment in Vietnam: Using a well-known competitor’s name in Google AdWords, an example of a dirty trick that is not illegal, but is … Continue reading Using Competitors’ Names in Google AdWords

Dog & Pony Show Revisited: At an Education UK Exhibition?

Say it ain't so, Joe!  I happened to be in the neighborhood and decided to stop by the British Council Vietnam's Education UK Exhibition in HCMC, which was held on 13 March at the Rex Hotel.  Much to my surprise and disappointment, I noticed large groups of students, school uniforms and all (on a Sunday?), … Continue reading Dog & Pony Show Revisited: At an Education UK Exhibition?

Of Smoke, Mirrors, & Educational Consultants

I continue to document and add to my rather lengthy inventory the many ways in which educational consulting companies cheat their clients and partners.  This began with an article I wrote in 12/14 for University World News entitled Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment. Here's one that involves an upcoming US higher education mini-fair.  … Continue reading Of Smoke, Mirrors, & Educational Consultants