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HALF-COCKED: Dr Andrés Guadamuz of University of Sussex Technollama Blunder

In Academic Ethics & Breaches, Entitlement Disorders, Poor Education, Uncategorized on February 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

The Impulsive Folly of Prof. Andrés Guadamuz of Technollama

UPDATE: 12 Mar 2016  Dr. Janice Duffy responds to Prof. Guadamuz’s punditry

Technollama's DR Andréa Guadamuz reveals his true nature in a heartless commentary about a bullying survivor.Dr Andrés Guadamuz, a senior lecturer in intellectual property law for University of Sussex has picked a fight without really thinking about the consequences. In a series of  actions that can only be described as “drive-by punditry”, in this era of poor impulse control, and tweeting or blogging before the brain is in gear, Andrés Guadamuz may become the poster child for this new phenomena.

People who have problems thinking before tweeting, are much like angry drivers who think that no one they know is looking, their poor impulse control can reveal their true nature. Reasonable people will often concede to a more aggressive driver, not because they are weak, but because they are wise. Likewise, those who struggle with mental conditions such as inflated ego, entitlement complexes, and narcissistic or sociopathic personality disorders, will often manifest in traffic in disturbing ways. So too with ignorant and arrogant social networking users who tweet half-cocked.

Technollama Endangered Species - Dr Andres Guadamuz of University of Sussex

Technollama Endangered Species – Dr Andres Guadamuz of University of Sussex finds out what happens when a Llama kicks a Tiger in the Tail.

The full account of the rants of Technollama’s Dr Andres Guadamuz, of University of Sussex, and the subsequent justification of his actions, are detailed by the fellow academic he attacked, Dr Janice Duffy, in here Authorized Statement in response to his punditry.

APPALLING: Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Uses Logical Fallacies to Disguise Her Political Bias – University of Wisconsin

In Logical Fallacies, Poor Education on July 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

SHUT-UP & TEACH: Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Squeezes in 8 Logical Fallacies into a Single Tweet.

Education Policy and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Embarrasses the University of Wisconsin

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab Embarrasses the University of Wisconsin

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab embarrassed herself and her institution by way of her poor impulse control and her twitter account. In 140 characters or less, she was able to use no less than eight (8) logical fallacies as evidenced by the following:

“My grandfather, a psychologist”

15 authority(1) Logical fallacy: “Appeal to Authority”

An Appeal to Authority is a fallacy with the following form: Person A is (claimed to be) an authority on subject S (psychology). Person A makes claim C about subject S. Therefore, C is true.

“…similarities between Walker and Hitler”

03 appeal to emotion(2) Logical fallacy: Appeal to Emotion

An Appeal to Emotion or argumentum ad passiones is a logical fallacy characterized by the manipulation of the recipient’s emotions in order to win an argument, especially in the absence of factual evidence


(3) Logical fallacy: Thought-Terminating Cliché

A commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. they can be safely assumed that the term “Hitler” is often used as a drive-by insult by intellectually dishonest people, who don’t want to backup their allegations with substance.

06 ad hom(4) Logical fallacy: Ad Hominem

Short for argumentum ad hominem, it means responding to arguments by attacking the politician’s character, rather than his policies. When used inappropriately, it is a fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the person being criticized.

“…similarities between Walker and Hitler. There are so many…”

16 composition(5) Logical fallacy: Fallacy of Composition

The fallacy of composition arises when one infers that something is true of the whole from the fact that it is true of some part of the whole. i.e. “Hitler had two leg, Walker has two legs, Walker is Hitler reincarnated”


texas-sharpshooter(6) Logical fallacy: Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy

The Texas sharpshooter fallacy is an informal fallacy which is committed when differences in data are ignored, but similarities are stressed. “There are so many similarities!”

“…it’s terrifying”

03 appeal to emotion(7) Logical fallacy: Appeal to Emotion

(8) Logical fallacy: Thought-Terminating Cliché

FOOLISH: Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho Miami-Dade County Public Schools

In Poor Education on June 11, 2015 at 11:32 am
Did Superintendent Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools act Foolishly?

Did Superintendent Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools act Foolishly?

According to Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the principal of North Miami Senior High School,Alberto Iber, was been dismissed for defending the former McKinney, Texas, police officer who pulled his pistol on minors when in a threatening situation, and wrestled a recalcitrant 15-year-old to the ground, while responding to disturbing activities at a pool party.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and his colleagues would do well to weigh more facts before making silly decisions, motivated by political correctness, such as this dismissal. He could take some good lessons from this Texas mother’s common sense video response to the national furorÖ

CHILD SEX SCANDAL?: Starri Hedges teacher at Gaia Democratic School MN

In Entitlement Disorders, Poor Education on June 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm
Teacher Starri Hedges Minor Sex Store Scandal Minnesota

Teacher Starri Hedges Minor Sex Store Scandal Minnesota

Apparently,  teacher Starri Hedges took it on herself to expose her students, as young as 11yo, to pornographic paraphernalia, including sex toys, at an adult sex novelty shop in Minneapolis recently. Hopefully she will be stripped of her teaching credentials and subjected to restrictions similar to those of convicted sex offenders.

Grant Wilson, the Minneapolis Business License Manager  described  Starri Hedges’  field trip decision as “poor judgement” and apparently his office would be investigating the store to see if any  laws were broken and exposing the minors this material.

According to media reports, Starri Hedges described the field trip as “beautiful”.  It is this writer’s opinion that, in a best case scenario, it might appears that Starri Hedges may possess some type of entitlement disorder, as evidenced by the lack of remorse and boundaries. At worst, her behavior may have been prompted by some underlying pedophile urgings,  such a conclusion might be drawn by the apparent enjoyment she experienced by the reactions of the children and defense of her decision, based on subsequent interviews. Either way, it might be prudent for parents in the area to establish healthy boundaries between this individual and their children.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  is imperative that the reader understand this is an opinion piece, and Ms. Hedges is not being accused of being a pedophile, in fact there is no evidence available to this research team to suggest this is the case, beyond very circumstantial evidence as laid out above. Notwithstanding, when it comes to our children, we should probably adopt a zero tolerance approach to any perceived risks to their healthy upbringing, managed by their parents, as opposed to teachers who think their job exceeds the scope of what is generally expected and tolerated by most.


SHUT UP & TEACH: Robert Basevitz sues his school for allowing kids to live out their faith

In Poor Education on May 28, 2015 at 11:14 am

Teacher Robert Basevitz should be removed from his position of influence over our children. Basevitz appears to be another reconstructionist and attempts to interpret the First Amendment, to satisfy his own bias and will do. What he doesn’t realize is that his secular worldview is also a religion, and he should not be trying to use the courts to force his views upon children who, in their own free will, decide to follow Christ. The story does not need to be retold here, the details are outlined in the article below:

Teacher Says His School Is Doing Something That Violates the First Amendment — and He’s Suing to Stop It

Fremont Re-2 School District in Florence, Colorado