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Episode 86: Teaching A People’s History of Abolition and the Civil War

Trending News: In God We Trust Testing Craze getting less Crazy? Don’t Just Shut Up and Teach. Feature Interview: Adam Sanchez from Rethinking Schools joins us to explain the thinking that went into developing the new book—Teaching a People’s History of Abolition and the Civil War. We then break down the book by the ten... Read more »


Episode 85: Charter School Scandal

Trending News: No Teachers across the Pond. Koch Attack Why ya gotta pick on Charter Schools? Feature Interview: The Network for Public Education’s Executive Director Carol Burris talks about the lack of “accountability” at the Federal Department of Education regarding charter school funding. After publishing Asleep at the Wheel the charter school industry felt dissed. So they complained. So Carol... Read more »


Episode 84: Rethinking Schools: The New Teacher Book

Trending News: From Custodian to Principal What if I don’t shoot a school shooter? Feature Interview: We talk to Stan Karp (editor at Rethinking Schools) and Ikechukwu Onyema (author at Rethinking Schools) about the third edition of THE NEW TEACHER BOOK: FINDING PURPOSE, BALANCE, AND HOPE DURING YOUR FIRST YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM. Stan and Ike take... Read more »


Episode 83: Rethinking Schools: Origins and Future

Trending News: Classrooms in Crisis. Bad Behavior of Bad System? Just say No to the Teacher Shortage. Standing your ground so you can shoot your kids. Feature Interview: Rethinking Schools Founder Bob Peterson. In the 1980s Bob Peterson and his teaching colleagues were looking for social justice teaching materials. There weren’t many out there in... Read more »


Episode 82: After School Shootings: #mourninginamerika

Trending News: Surviving School Shootings. After School Shootings: PTSD and Suicide. It took New Zealand 6 days to ban assault rifles. Feature Interview: Parkland, FL mother Rosemarie Jensen. Rosemarie’s son survived the Stoneman Douglas school shooting and talked to us last year about that day. In this interview Rosemarie talks about the aftermath of living... Read more »


Episode 81: Rethinking School’s Bob Peterson for Milwaukee School Board

Trending News: Sandy Hook parents get the go ahead on lawsuit. How much would you pay for a teacher? Skipping school for the climate. Feature Interview: Bob Peterson—founding editor of Rethinking Schools and 30+ year veteran teacher—is running for the city wide seat on Milwaukee Public Schools School Board. Why and what are his plans... Read more »


Episode 80: Teaching for Black Lives National Week of Action.

Trending News Bible Literacy? Teachers who protest should lose their license. Just say no to abstinence. Special Episode: Educators in Madison, Wisconsin gathered on a cold Sunday at Edgewood College to kick off the National Teaching for Black Lives week of Action. Jesse Hagapioan (one of the editors of Teaching for Black Lives) was the... Read more »


Episode 79: Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Trending News: Teacher Testing Fails Teachers. Mrs. Pence teaches art to straight, god fearing students. Why? How much do you pay for voucher schools? Someone Has To Say It: More Money for Schools? Maybe! Feature Interview: Rethinking Schools has a new book. Rethinking Ethnic Studies. We talk to one of the editors—Wayne Au. Wayne takes... Read more »


Episode 78: Teaching Politics: Gagged in AZ and Sued in RI

Trending News: Time for the Sensory Hallway. Where are all of the teachers going? Teachers talking about politics better be careful. Feature Interview: The Curmudgucater—Peter Greene—found out that a political “gag order” on teachers in Arizona has a unique origin. Enter David Horowitz. Lesson? Just teach “both sides.” Special Kohn’s Zone: Seems that students in... Read more »


Episode 77: Howard Zinn and Hockey Pucks

Trending News: Floating shoes not allowed. Teacher Dress Codes. Is it a constitutional right to be taught about the constitution? School Gun Control? No! Hockey Pucks? Hell Yeah! Feature Interview: Ursula Wolfe-Rocca of the Zinn Education Project talks about the important work being done in classrooms using Howard Zinn materials and the motivation pushing a... Read more »


Episode 76: SUPER Episode!

Trending News: Nazi Salute in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Reading books is so yesterday. Germany doesn’t need bake sales to fund public schools. Huh? Feature Interview: Dr. Joe Gothard. Superintendent. Saint Paul Public Schools. What’s it take to lead 38,000 students, 6,500 teachers in 67 schools? A SUPERintendent! What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about “playing” superheroes?... Read more »


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 »