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Episode 55: “57 minutes!” Stoneman Douglas High school Moms Remember that Day!

Trending News School Policy and student walkouts Students walk out across the country to protest gun violence The AR- 15 is a killing machine Someone Has to Say It: People who post stupid comments about gun violence on my Facebook page are…? Feature Interview: Rosemarie Jensen and Cathi Rush started the day on Feb. 14th,... Read more »


Episode 54: Teacher Shortage or Teacher Demoralization?

Trending News: They were trained for this moment Teacher with a white nationalist podcast Teen mental health and cell phones Someone Has To Say it: Teacher Shortage? Not really. Leadership shortage? Oh Yeah! Feature Interview: Doris Santoro from Bowdoin College spends time with Tim talking about her new book–Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love... Read more »


Episode 53: No More Thoughts and Prayers!

Trending News 1) Idiot accuses shooting victims of being “coached.” 2) Conspiracy crackpots dump more pain on Florida shooting victims by claiming they are really just actors. Someone Has To Say It! John Pavlovitz. The ‘Emotionally Immature’ Teenagers Saving America’s Soul Feature Interview: In this special episode we talk to teacher Jen Greenwald, Wisconsin Public Education... Read more »


Episode 52: Politicians Beware: A Few Good Women in Kentucky Are On The Move

Trending News: A Few Good Women Student Loan Forgiveness is Good for the Economy Someone Has To Say It: Just say “NO!” to Blue Ribbon Panels on School Funding. Feature Interview: Gay Adelmann has had it with know nothing politicians ruining public schools in Kentucky. That’s why A Few Good Women in Kentucky are running... Read more »


Episode 51: Are Politicians friends of Public Education?

Trending News Gun Wielding Teachers Finland, Finland, Finland What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about feeding hungry children? Someone Has To Say It: Social Justice Unions. The time has come. Feature Interview: @TheOtherMandela (Mandela Barnes) is running for Lt. Governor in Wisconsin. Can this Milwaukee native change the narrative? Let’s just say that @TheOtherMandela speaks some serious... Read more »


Episode 50: #BustEDPencils turns 50 and welcomes @MTEAunion

Trending News: Yes to Sex All kids are Dumb What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about No Excuses Schools? Feature Interview: Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association president Kim Schroeder. What does it mean to fight for “our” kids, schools, communities, and the profession? Spotlight Interview: Green Bay area Library/Media Specialist Amy Bahaynah does way more than... Read more »


Episode 49: Are you and Advocate for Public Education?

Trending News: What do you do with “Non Essential Students?” Teacher’s as Reality TV stars? Someone Has To Say It: It’s time for legislator accountability. Kohn’s Zone: To lecture or to shut up? That is the question. Feature Interview: Carol Burris—The Network for Public Education’s Executive Director—talks to Tim about the NPE’s history and current... Read more »


Episode 48: Ed Tech, Art as Porn, Unionism, Standards, and Diane Ravitch: Woo Hoo!

Trending News: Teaching art or porn? Some One Has To Say It: Woo Hoo is NOT a sentence! What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about New Zealand getting rid of standards? Feature Interview: Diane Ravitch. Warning! Educational Technology could be hazardous to your child. Spotlight Interview: Union leader—Joanna Rizzotto. Wisconsin Education Association Council Region 7... Read more »


Episode 47: An Astrophysical Dismantling of Education Reform: Photon Torpedoes Launched!

Trending News: 7 dirty words could be a problem for public schools. Someone Has To Say It! Why do we Opt Out? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about the “Kindergarten Readiness Gap?” Feature Interview: Ethan Seigel is one hell of a theoretical astrophysicist and science writer. He writes for Forbes. He is the founder of... Read more »


Episode 46: A Dairy Farm Democrat for Governor

Trending News: School Funding requires a “Blue Ribbon Panel?” Someone Has To Say It: Can an Atheist School Board Member save Christmas? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about teaching in Nova Scotia? Feature Interview: She’s a dairy farmer and a state Senator. She’s a Democrat! And she’s running for governor in Wisconsin. Welcome to... Read more »


Episode 45: Public Schools’ Addiction and Free College

Trending News: 1) Betsy DeVos is not going anywhere. 2) Young teachers are leaving the profession. Someone Has To Say It! Teacher Exodus is NOT “fake news.” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about competency based teacher education? Feature Interview: The legendary John Merrow joins us to talk about his new Book—Addicted to Reform—and the... Read more »


Episode 44: Are Teachers Allowed to Write Books?

Trending News: Stop stressing over college. It literally doesn’t pay. Someone Has To Say It! No Tax Cuts for Teachers. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about “real” personalized learning? Feature Interview: BustED Pencils talks to teacher, blogger, and now book writer Steven Singer. Steven’s new book—The Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher... Read more »


Episode 43: A Gritty Principal and a Bass Ass Teacher!

Trending News: 1) Kindergarten Readiness Gap. 2) Betsy on the Way Out? Someone Has To Say It! Democrats and a “Better Deal?” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about Democrats and Betsy DeVos? Feature Interview: Linda Nathan talks about her new book: When Grit Isn’t Enough: A High School Principal Examines How Poverty and Inequality Thwart... Read more »


Episode 42: Patriotism, Protest, and Personalized Learning

Trending News: 1) Teachers are STRESSED OUT! 2) The “well being gap” in Wisconsin is a tragedy. Someone Has To Say It!: Tim’s rant on the “gap.” The Schools Our Children Deserve: Patrick Sullivan is the director of Ireland’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Feature Interview: Vietnam Veteran and Veteran for peace Will Williams dismantles the... Read more »


Episode 41: Faster Pussycat, Pit Bulls, and Ponies: We’re Talking Animals in Classrooms

Trending News: 1) New Research on the benefits of animals in classrooms. 2) “Service Ponies” coming to a classroom near you. Someone Has To Say it: I am a Teacher. For Now. Feature Interview: Faster Pussycat lead guitarist Ace Von Johnson talks about Pit Bulls in classrooms and battling stereotypes. You know…”Don’t judge a book... Read more »


Episode 40: A “Blue Jean” Democrat for Governor: Mike McCabe @bluejeansgov

Trending News: 1) Does “free speech” on Campus needs protection? 2) Teacher Shortage Solution. Import teachers from the Philippines? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about importing teachers from the Philippines? Feature Interview: Democrat Mike McCabe is running for governor is Wisconsin. What’s he have to say about the future of public education in the... Read more »


Episode 39: @BetsyDeVosED Attacks Title IX. #BustEDPencils Attacks Back.

In this special episode of BustED Pencils we take a deep dive into Title IX. While Ms. DeVos sets up Title IX as a kangaroo court system employed by the Obama administration. BustED Pencils talks to Yohuru Williams (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saint Thomas) and Heather Harbach... Read more »


Episode 38: Can a Democrat beat Scott Walker? Meet Andy Gronik.

Trending News: 1) Charter Schools and competition in your neighborhood. 2) Public schools and politicians. Someone Has to Say It!: The reality of a “free lunch.” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about Betsy DeVos and the free and reduced lunch program. Feature Interview: Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin—Andy Gronik— talks to BustED Pencils... Read more »


Episode 37: The Reformation of an Education Reformer.

Feature Interview: Dr. Jason E. Glass is the new Superintendent and Chief Learner at Jefferson County Schools in Colorado. However, before becoming “chief learner,” Dr. Glass was a….( Hold your breath)—a reformer. What happened? You’re going to have to listen. Trending News: Can the Democrats get back in the game with a “better deal?” DeVos... Read more »


Episode 36: What aren’t We talking about and Why?

Feature Interview: Tim talks to Rich Larson—freelance journalist and the publisher and managing editor of The Next Ten Words. After Chris Cornell committed suicide Rich posted a moving essay—It’s Not What You Think. Come to think of it this entire episode is not what you think, but that’s the way we want it. We’ve lost... Read more »


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