The Trumplandia Review


I have a pretty good idea whose woods these are, believe me.
And let me tell you something, my people say he’s a complete nobody.
This guy lives in the village.   So what if he sees me stopping here?
I dare him to sue me!   I dare him!

And by the way, this snow is pathetic.
These are by far, the least downy flakes ever!
I hear they had to import them from Canada.
I don’t know.  Maybe they did.  Maybe they didn’t.  We’re looking into it.

My horse – he’s the most incredible horse, seriously,
I have the greatest, the classiest horses –
My horse doesn’t even know what the hell we’re doing here.
The horses love me though.  They do.
They’re always shaking their bells at me, it’s very loving.
It’s a beautiful thing.

Let me tell you something, these woods are an embarrassment.
They’re not dark.  They’re…

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Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts — and May Share Them With Police

The Power of Stealth

Apple has tried to brand itself as a defender of its customers’ privacy. But reporter Sam Biddle obtained law enforcement documents that show Apple secretly keeps a log of its customers’ iMessage contacts and shares them with police when required.

Read more here: Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts — and May Share Them With Police

CURMUDGUCATION: OK: Teach Like a Robot

OK: Teach Like a Robot

 Posted by Peter Greene Friday, September 30, 2016
This week Tulsa news outlets were covering an exciting non-innovation innovation arriving in local classrooms– real time coaching.

See, in normal coaching, a principal watches a teacher and then it is hours, or even days, before the teacher gets the feedback. But in real time coaching, the coach directs the teacher through an earpiece, presumably because the technology to simply control her body from a distance does not yet exist.

One more example of real time coaching about to go badly

This piece follows poor second-year teacher Krystal Medina who goes through this process. Perhaps that teacher should talk toAmy Berard, a Massachusetts teacher who has been dragged through this particular corner of ed reform hell, as she wrote atEdushyster.

The students were also perplexed by my new earpiece accessory. “Um, Miss, what’s that in your ear?” they asked. I looked over to the three adults in the far back corner of the room for my scripted answer. “Tell them you are like Tom Brady. Tom Brady wears an earpiece to be coached remotely and so do you,” was the response. I never would have said that, and mumbled instead: “But I’m not Tom Brady. No, I’m not Tom Brady.” The students, who could hear me, but not what I was hearing through my earpiece, were more confused than ever.

The press were there to watch Remote Control Scripting in action because they had been invited there by Tulsa Public Schools and the company TPS hired to provide this program. It’s the same company that put Berard through her paces– CT3 (The Center for Transformative Teacher Training). They are partners with all the cool kids– Success Academies, Teach for America, Aspire, and many other charter schools.

CT3 has two co-founders. Co-founder Kristyn Klei Borrero is also CEO. Borrero did at least start out with an education degree from Miami (1995). Borrero was a principal at age 27 and running turnaround charter schools in Oakland and Palo Alto, California. She was also a honcho at Aspire charters in California, the charter chain set up by Don Shalvey (Gates Foundation) and Reed “Elected School Boards Suck” Hastings (Netflix). Aspire is also in the Build Your Own Teachers business.

The other co-founder’s name is familiar to most teachers Of A Certain Age. Lee Canter made a name for himself on the professional development circuit with Assertive Discipline, an approach based on taking control of your classroom. But for CT3 Cantor has also developed the No-Nonsense Nurturer program and the Real-Time Coaching model. Both NNN and RTC are registered trademarks, because there’s no point in repackaging well-worn materials with a little twist unless you can call it proprietary information. It’s a hoot, isn’t it, that Jonas Salk never patented the polio vaccine; in fact, when asked about the patent he said, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” Nowadays that would be considered certified crazy person talk. If you develop something people need, of course you patent it and make a mint. And if you “discover” something that is not actually new, you just tweak it a little so that you can patent it. You may not yet be able to get a patent on a pig, but put lipstick on the pig, and you’ve got yourself a proprietary product. Ka-ching.

But I digress…

Read more here: CURMUDGUCATION: OK: Teach Like a Robot

CURMUDGUCATION blog: Outsourcing College

Outsourcing College

Posted by Peter Greene: 28 Sep 2016 12:17 PM PDT

The Education Management Corporation is based right up the road from me in Pittsburgh, PA. They’re a for-profit education provider whose best-known outlet is the Art Institute chain. (They should not be confused with theEducation Credit Management Corporation, an outfit that is also in the for-profit college biz, having bought up the pieces of the Corinthian empire.)
They’ve had their problems. You know a company has been struggling whenits website proudly announces front and center that it has struck a deal with thirty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Justice to end the many, many, many state and federal suits, investigations,  and charges against it for fraud and bad recruiting practices.

Mock my hair all you want. It cost more than your house.

Now this morning’s Politico includes other shenanigans-flavored news:

Read more here: CURMUDGUCATION: Outsourcing College

Donald Trump’s fractional fundraising | OpenSecrets Blog

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney may not have much in common, and the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has made no bones about his visceral dislike of the pugilistic businessman who is carrying his party’s banner this time around.When it comes to campaign fundraising, though, there’s a lot of overlap in their pools of donors … read more: Donald Trump’s fractional fundraising | OpenSecrets Blog

Gaping holes, confusion mar FCC’s data on political ad buys | OpenSecrets Blog

Four years after it began requiring TV stations to upload their records of political ad sales to a central government website, the Federal Communications Commission maintains a recordkeeping system that makes finding out who an ad’s sponsor is feel like a treasure hunt
read more: Gaping holes, confusion mar FCC’s data on political ad buys | OpenSecrets Blog

And the good times rolled: 17 donors gave three-quarters of Dems’ convention money | OpenSecrets Blog

17 donors gave three-quarters of Dems’ convention money
Talk about disproportional giving: The group organizing the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this year raised almost three-fourths of its donations from only 17 sources. The Dems’ host committee raised $69.7 million … read more: And the good times rolled: 17 donors gave three-quarters of Dems’ convention money | OpenSecrets Blog

Russian-born oil magnate gives big to Trump Victory | OpenSecrets Blog

Donald Trump has an interesting relationship with Russia, to say the least. He’s praised Vladimir Putin. His former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had business dealings with pro-Russia leaders in Ukraine. U.S. intelligence officials are investigating whether one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers met with senior Russia officials to discuss lifting economic sanctions in the event of a Trump presidency.

Here’s another tie: Simon Grigorievich Kukes, former chief executive of a now-defunct Russian oil company once owned by the government, who contributed more than $150,000 to Trump’s campaign and joint fundraising committee, Trump Victory … Click here to read the full article: Russian-born oil magnate gives big to Trump Victory | OpenSecrets Blog

Facebook and feeling informed: A proxy for news? – Journalist’s Resource Journalist’s Resource

The issue: Over 1.7 billion people use Facebook on a regular basis,according to the social networking behemoth. Many, especially younger people, read news there — or at least glance over headlines. In 2015, the Pew Research Center found 63 percent of Facebook users see it as a news source; that figure jumps to 74 percent among 18- to 34-year-olds.

But does browsing an endless stream of news headlines posted on your Facebook feed make you informed? Or just offer you the perception that you are informed?

It’s a question worth asking because Facebook does not post whole articles, only teasers.

An academic study worth reading: “Appetizer or Main Dish? Explaining the Use of Facebook News Posts as a Substitute for other News Sources,” published in Computers in Human Behavior, 2016.

Study summary: Philipp Muller, Pascal Schneiders and Svenja Schafer, all of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, were curious about whether people feel well informed by what they read on Facebook and thus stop looking at other news sources. The authors build on earlier research that has found highly educated individuals seem to gain knowledge about civic issues from Facebook.

The authors used an emailed online survey of adult internet users in Germany in 2015 to collect information from 390 Facebook users. Respondents were asked how often they use Facebook, how informed they feel by Facebook, how many posts they see on current affairs and how many of those posts have links they click. The authors asked questions to determine how much respondents use Facebook as a substitute for other news sources, such as newspapers. And they tried to measure something called the “need for cognition” (NfC), which represents a person’s inclination to think hard and deeply about complex topics.

The authors hypothesize that people with a high NfC are less susceptible to seeing Facebook as a substitute for other news sources, and less likely to feel informed by Facebook.


  • Users with a high NfC are likely to feel they are not getting their information fix from Facebook.
  • Facebook users who feel well informed by the platform and switch away from other news sources are likely to have a low NfC.
  • For Facebook users who think the platform makes them well informed, of little import is the number of posts they read or links they open. “Individuals seem to interpret the mere presence of news posts within their news feed and their own exposure to this feed as an indicator for their own high news knowledge — regardless of whether they actually read and process the news they encounter.”
  • That “illusion of knowledge” could lead to large groups of people feeling informed about an issue when they are not.
  • The findings have implications for traditional news media: When a user with a low NfC sees news posts on Facebook and then feels informed, he or she is less likely to turn to newspapers or television news.

Helpful resources:

Facebook publishes some user statistics in its quarterly reports to shareholders as well as on this statistics page.

A 2016 study by the Pew Research Center indicates that a growing number of people get their information about political candidates from the candidates’ social media profiles.

Other research:


Keywords: Social media, Facebook, news consumption, mainstream media, platforms


Writer: | Last updated: September 29, 2016

Citation: Muller, Philipp; Schneiders, Pascal; Schafer, Svenja. “Appetizer or Main Dish? Explaining the Use of Facebook News Posts as a Substitute for Other News Sources,” Computers in Human Behavior, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.09.003.

Source: Facebook and feeling informed: A proxy for news? – Journalist’s Resource Journalist’s Resource

New Mexico’s “New, Bait and Switch” Schemes | VAMboozled!

New Mexico’s “New, Bait and Switch” Schemes

A blog by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 07:52 AM PDT

“A Concerned New Mexico Parent” sent me another blog entry for you all to help you all stay apprised of the ongoing “situation” in New Mexico with its New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). See “A Concerned New Mexico Parent’s” prior posts here, here, and here

, but in this one (s)he writes a response to an editorial that was recently released in support of the newest version of New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system. The editorial was titled: “Teacher evals have evolved but tired criticisms of them have not,” and it was published in the Albuquerque Journal, as also written by the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board themselves.(S)he writes:

Source: New Mexico’s “New, Bait and Switch” Schemes | VAMboozled!