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Episode 75: The Nobel prize for Physics: 100 years of Gender Discrimination

Trending News: Ubers and Teachers: What’s the difference? Rich Teachers shows off Metal Chalk Holder ACT scores drop. Should we care? Feature Interview: BustED Pencil’s own Astrophysicist—Ethan Siegel—stops by to give us a history lesson. 100 years of gender discrimination and the Nobel Prize for physics. Implications for classroom instruction? Stop the bias! Tim from... Read more »


Episode 74: Teacher Education as Resistance to Public School Privatization

Trending News: Betsy declares the rise of socialism and the death of civics. Need a pay raise? Move to Europe if you’re a Teacher. High Stakes tests for Teachers but Not for Students in Pennsylvania. Feature Interview: Professor Margaret Smith Crocco from Michigan State University. What are teacher educators doing to resist the privatization of public education and... Read more »


Episode 73: We’re (Teachers) Not Worthy

Trending News: Teacher’s books stolen by her Principal. Learning to write? Avoid the Common Core. So you want to be a Superintendent but you lack the qualifications? No problem. Primary Interview: Mitchell Robinson. He’s back. My brother from another mother—Dr. Mitchell Robinson. It seems that education reformer Kate Walsh has a new idea and she... Read more »


Episode 72: Billionaires, Behaviorism and Black Lives

Trending News: Don’t Mess With Texas Hillary. NRAtv goes after Thomas the Train. Billionaire Bezos creating preschool consumers. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about the billionaire assault on public education. Can you say “Hijacked?” Kohn’s Zone: It’s been 25 years since Alfie published Punished by Rewards (A dismantling of behaviorist learning theory). Progressive education... Read more »


Episode 71: Teachers Handling Guns and Kaepernick in “the best way possible.”

Trending News: In Oklahoma BIG money fights teacher candidates, In Oklahoma BIG money lost to teacher candidates. Wisconsin Attorney General wants teachers to handle guns in “the best way possible.” Feature Interview: Analiese Eicher and Joanna Beilman-Dulin of One Wisconsin Now join Tim to discuss Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s desire to get guns in the hands of... Read more »


Episode 70: Back to School Year in Review

In this special episode we revisit classic interviews and segments that we thought deserved another round. Awesome stuff here. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say? Kohn’s Zone Tim from Rise Against Betsy DeVos Breakdown Double E Ethan Siegel Trending News And much more. One things is for sure. It’s Time to get back to school... Read more »


Episode 69: Tim’s Brother from another Mother

Trending News: School Shootings: Stop the Bleeding. Thank GOD! No sexual harassment in this Charter School Someone Has To Say It: Demoralized in Wisconsin. Feature Interview: Dr. Mitchell Robinson from Michigan State University might just be the smartest person in the world. He agrees with me on everything—especially the “heart warming stories” of teachers doing stuff for free. ... Read more »


Episode 68: Teaching for Black Lives

Trending News: Substitute news guy—Stick—breaks down the the “fake news” of conservative influenced propaganda. Michigan conservatives want their own history taught. How fair is it to diss Trump in an AP History book? In Texas history books not all slaves were unhappy. Feature Interview: “Teaching for Black Lives” with Jesse Hagopian. Jesse joins Tim to... Read more »


Episode 67: Charter Schools and Progressive Values: A Lesson for Democrats

Trending News: Charter School’s first Black Valedictorian stopped from speaking at graduation. Wisconsin State Journal’s charter school definition fails the smell check. 5 Reasons Charter Schools are B. A. D. Someone Has To Say It: A lesson for “edu” journalists on charter schools. Special Interview: The Network for Public Education’s Carol Burris: Charter Schools 101.... Read more »


Episode 66: A Teacher’s Story Part 2 and a pinch of Punk Rock

Trending News: Schools to “out” transgender students. Schools to report that boys aren’t manly enough. Whats going on in kindergarten? What Would Matt Damon’s Say about the demise of kindergarten? Special Interview: Tim McIlrath from Rise Against talks about punk rock as a vehicle for critical education and The Schools Our Children Deserve. Kohn’s Zone:... Read more »


Episode 65: Karen Vieth: A Teacher’s Story

Trending News: No Gun Control! Silly Safety Debacles Instead. (And Tim Singing). Teachers have had enough. Why Teachers Leave. Main Interview: Karen Vieth taught for 17 years. She won awards. She was loved by her students. She advocated for her colleagues. When things got out of hand at her school she reached out for help. ... Read more »


Episode 64: Running with Kelda Roys

Trending News: Mindfulness and Yoga in the classroom. Teaching about Dinosaurs and Humans living together—at the taxpayer’s expense. Bulletproof backpacks for graduation. Someone Has To Say It: Democrats offer teachers a “Better Deal.” Not good enough. I want the BEST DEAL. Feature Interview: Kelda Roys is running for governor in the state of Wisconsin. She... Read more »


Episode 63: A “Recovering Trial Lawyer” for Governor: Dana Wachs.

Trending News: “Minimum Grading” What is it? And Why use it? Hide your 4 year olds! The Baby PISA is coming. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about the Baby PISA? Main Interview: He’s a “recovering trial lawyer” from “up north” and he’s a Democrat running for Governor in Wisconsin. Welcome to BustED Pencils Dana... Read more »


Episode 62: I want to be a teacher so I went “Back to School!”

Trending News The US gives up on preventing school shootings. Yes. Now I want all of your guns. Give Oliver North some Ritalin. Feature Interview: So you want to be a teacher. Why? We talk to returning adult students—Wally Longo, Alex Morry, and Brian Ward—about why the left the private sector and came “Back to... Read more »


Episode 61: Nurturing the Heart and a Hunger Strike

Trending News: Wisconsin governor Scott Walker want to “shake things up” in Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee Teacher Education Association’s Alex Brower is on a hunger strike for health care. We talk to him. Feature Interview: Howard Glasser created the Nurtured Heart Approach to help “find the greatness in intense children.” Listen as he goes deeper... Read more »


Episode 60: Educators Amplified and Licensed Teachers need NOT Apply

Trending News: Teachers of the Year attempt dialogue with Betsy DeVos. Give teachers guns so they can sell them for supplies? Michelle Wolf. 1 school closed and 40 teachers without jobs. “If only I knew?” Someone Has to Say It!: Keep politicians out of our classrooms. Feature Interview: Joanna Rizzotto and Ted Kraig preview the... Read more »


Episode 59: The “Go to Hell” Episode

Trending News: Pay “our” teachers damn it! Mall cops for our schools “Go to Hell” Someone Has To Say It! 15 Years teaching experience and a Master’s degree a no job. Sorry but we don’t have a “teacher shortage.” Feature Interview: Jessica Marks She was fired from KIPP in Texas and the named Teacher of the... Read more »


Episode 58: Mike McCabe take 2 and a Special Kohn’s Zone

Trending News Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin “connects” teachers strikes and child abuse. Huh? Stoneman Douglas teacher forgets to holster gun while going number 2. NAEP scores flat. Time to consider “test and punish” a failure. Someone Has To Say it: Time to move “Beyond Discipline.” Feature Interview: He’s Back! Democratic Candidate for Governor Mike McCabe... Read more »


Episode 57: Marching with the 50 Miles More students

Photo courtesy of Joe Brusky Trending News: 50 Miles More students from Wisconsin What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about students protesting and having their own opinions? Someone Has To Say It: Democrats dismantling and demoralizing the teaching profession. Feature Interview: BustED Pencils goes out on the road with the 50 Miles More students and talks about their mission and their... Read more »


Episode 56: Betsy Bonanza

Trending News: Did she really say that? Between SNL and 60 minutes Betsy DeVos had a tough time communicating. Is it real or is it parody? Special Guest: Double E. Defends Betsy, or as he likes to call her “Tootsie.” You know what the say about the “woodwork.” Spotlight Interview #1: Paul Thomas joins us... Read more »