Episode 28: Are you a “Reformer” or an “Innovator?”

Feature Interview: Angela Engel joins us to discuss the difference between reform and innovation in public schools. Matt Damon’s Mom explores the possibility that Donald Trump might make education great again. Blogger of the Week: Ron Giordan talks about his new blog democracydestroyed.com and his take on Betsy DeVos and IDEA. Troy LaRaviere on the Schools… Read more »

Episode 27: Education Deans are on the “EDJE” of Justice and Equity

Feature Interview: Dr. Kathy Shultz talks to Tim about a group of Education Deans that are ready to kick some… Let’s just say these Deans are fighting for Justice and Equity. Matt Damon’s Mom explains the semantics of “charter” schools. Blogger of the Week: Paul Thomas has some Radical Eyes for Equity. Founder of Education… Read more »

Episode 26: A Poet Who Really Didn’t Know “It.”

Feature Interview: Sara Holbrook. Two of her poems were used on a standardized test in Texas. First, she didn’t know her poems were being used and then she didn’t know the answers to questions about her own poems. How does that happen? What does Matt Damon’s Mom think of pedal desks? Activist of the Week:… Read more »

Episode 25: Education Reform Resistance: He Writes the Songs!

Feature Interview: He writes about writing. He speaks about speaking. He sings about singing. He’s Barry Lane! Does Matt Damon’s Mom have a favorite Barry Lane song? The Schools Our Children Deserve: Next week’s feature interview. Poet Sara Holbrook Trending News and a Moment of Zinn. Let’s Bust Some Pencils!

Episode 24: You Want High School? Show Me the Money!

Feature Interview: Erie, PA Superintendent Jay Badams. Will he open high school next year? Good Question. Activist of the Week: BustED Pencils Blogger Dr. Todd Lilly. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about “fast track” teacher preparation? The Schools Our Children Deserve: Andrew Waity of Madison Teacher’s Union Trending News and a Moment of Zinn…. Read more »

Episode 23: Unions. Who Needs Them?

Feature Interview: Dr. Lois Weiner. Director, Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy Project New Jersey City University Activist of the Week: Andy Waity, Madison Teachers Inc. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom say about “status quo” teachers? The Schools Our Children Deserve: Michelle Gunderson of the Chicago Teachers Union. Trending News and finally—A Moment of Zinn…. Read more »

Episode 22: Looking for the “Heart” of Classroom Discipline

Feature Interview: Paula Wick and Michelle Slekar (My better half) talk about the “Nurtured Heart Approach” with “intense” children as an alternative to traditional discipline. Activist of the Week: Tammy HoltanArnold. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom say about “zero tolerance” discipline? The Schools Our Children Deserve: Emily Kaplan is an elementary teacher and blogger featured… Read more »

Episode 21: Democrats and Republicans on Public Education: The Sound of Silence!

Feature Interview: Ruth Conniff (Editor and Chief of The Progressive) gives us a behind the scenes look at what went on at the Democratic and Republican Conventions concerning public education. Big Question: What’s a Progressive to do? Activist of the Week: Dr. Andre Perry from The Hechinger Report. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom say about… Read more »

Episode 20: Teacher Education 3.0 with Ken Zeichner

Feature Interview: Ken Zeichner reminds us how the Every Student Succeeds Act promotes “fast track” teacher education and then details how teacher education 3.0 might be the only way to save professional teacher education at the college and university level. Trending News: Another Relay Graduate School of Education opens its doors. #WWMDMS about fast track… Read more »

Special Episode of BustED Pencils: What are the Schools Our Children Deserve?

Feature Interview: Alfie Kohn BustED Pencils talks to prolific author Alfie Kohn about his 1999 Book, The Schools Our Children Deserve. After we talk to Alfie get ready!  We will ask a who’s who list of education activists the question: What are the schools OUR children deserve. When it comes to talking about the Schools… Read more »