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Episode 85: Charter School Scandal

Trending News: No Teachers across the Pond.Koch AttackWhy 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


Episode 84: Rethinking Schools: The New Teacher Book

Trending News: From Custodian to PrincipalWhat 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 us on a quick historical journey concerning the development of TNTB. We explore the new content and even talk about the power of a “new...


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 the commercial curriculum market. No Problem! Get a kitchen table, Apple IIe, and rubber cement and create a social justice newsletter. 30 +...


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 “after a school shooting.” Last week two “survivors” committed suicide. But WHY? And what’s being done now? Educated Educators...


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 if elected? Listen and join the movement to seat an a board member with the experience and vision to move Milwaukee Public Schools towards excellence.. New...


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 key note speaker. The day then followed with workshops designed to discuss and prepare lessons for the National Week of Action. In this special episode,...


Episode 79: Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Trending News: Teacher Testing Fails TeachersMrs. 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 us through the main highlights of the new book. Conclusion: You need this book! Spotlight Interview: Peter from Hawaii drops the mic. Indigenous peoples...


Episode 77: Howard Zinn and Hockey Pucks

Trending News: Floating shoes not allowed. Teacher Dress CodesIs 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 Howard Zinn approach to teaching and learning. Special: Is A Peoples History of the United States just another text book? What Would...


Episode 76: SUPER Episode!

Trending News: Nazi Salute in Baraboo, Wisconsin.Reading books is so yesterdayGermany 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? And of course your Moment of Zinn. Let’s Bust Some Pencils!


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 HolderACT 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 Rise Against on Punk rock and education. Someone has to Say It! More Money for Schools? Maybe? Plus your Moment of...


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 help re-moralize the profession? In “Principled Resistance: How Teachers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas” Professor Crocco details...


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 wants to share it with those of us status quo educationists. Who knew that somebody with NO student teaching experience had the expertise to offer...


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 must be flourishing by now, right? Teaching for Black Lives: Jesse Hagopian joins us again to talk about how...


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

Trending News: In Oklahoma BIG money fights teacher candidates,n 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 teachers in “the best way possible.” Spotlight Interview: The Rebel Teacher has something to say about Colin...


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 ZoneTim from Rise AgainstBetsy DeVos BreakdownDouble EEthan SiegelTrending NewsAnd much more. One things is for sure. It’s Time to get back to school and seriously Bust Some Pencils!


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. Make them stop! Kohn’s Zone: If you keep a “gratitude journal” you might want to stop and recognize that the world...


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 bookIn Texas history books not all slaves were unhappy. Feature Interview: “Teaching for Black Lives” with Jesse Hagopian. Jesse joins Tim to break down how Teaching For Black Lives is not just a recommendation, but a liberating ultimatum. Spotlight Interview: Wisconsin...


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. Feature Interview: Frame for the Future’s Scott Wittkopf gives Democrats some advice. “Frame your message with values.” The...


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 enoughWhats 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: “You Can Do It!” If you mean plunge to your death… Feature Interview: Karen Vieth continues to talk about the blog she wrote detailing why...


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. When this failed she made the hardest decision in her life. She left the Teaching profession? Why? Karen’s Blog: Closing the Door And of Course Your Moment of...