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 need 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 »