Episode 17: Grit? You Ain’t Got NO Grit!

Feature Interview: Dr. Andre Perry Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI; Writer for Hechinger  Andre joins us to discuss the racist assumptions behind the push to teach “grit” to minority students. Fully Leaded Education News:  Opt Out Bullying   Special Activist of the Week/WWMDMS: Howard Zinn! Matt Damon’s Mom, Nancy, gives us… Read more »

Episode 16: Is this the Revolution we’ve been waiting for?

Check out this episode for nothing but “in your face” truth and justice.  Jed and Tim interview Chicago social studies teacher Monique Redeaux-Smith.  Wait till you hear her talk about teaching poor children of color the history of testing in America and her students’ response to opt out. Our Activist of the Week is an… Read more »

Episode 15: Rockin in the History Classroom

Get ready to “Bang Your Head!” In this episode of BustED Pencils, Jed and Tim spend time with American history teacher Mr. Andrew Larson. What’s so cool about Mr. Larson? He decided to combine American History and Rock and Roll into a high school course. What’s he going to teach? Listen and find out. Don’t… Read more »

Episode 14: No Excuses. No Excuses. No Excuses!

You know what they say, “Excuses are like @ssh0les$, Everybody has One.” In this episode of BustED Pencils, Jed and Tim talk to Jim Horn about his new book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys through “No Excuses” Teaching and explore the world of “no excuses” charter schools through the voice of teachers. Our Activist of… Read more »

Special Episode of BustED Pencils: Busting Pencils in Chicago

In this special episode of BustED Pencils, Jed and Tim talk to 3 Chicago educators about the April 1st Day of Action. Let’s Bust some Pencils with Chicago Teachers’ Union President Karen Lewis, Chicago teacher and union activist Michelle Gunderson, and Chicago principal Troy LaRaviere!

Episode 13: Civil Rights, Inequities and History

In this episode of BustEd Pencils Dr. Yohuru Williams explores the Civil Rights movement’s unique history in relation to Opt Out. Our Activist/Blogger of the Week talks about how certain inequities remain “cloaked.” Welcome to the show Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig. Also, wait till you hear what Matt Damon’s Mom has to say about a… Read more »

Episode 12: “In the Middle” with Nancie Atwell

In 2015, Nancie Atwell won the Global Teacher Prize. SInce winning the award what has she been up to? Listen to Nancie as she talks to Jed and Tim about receiving the award and her continued advocacy for all teachers and her special love for reading. Don’t call our Blogger/Activist of the Week a curmudgeon…. Read more »

Episode 11: All In with Marion Brady, Morna McDermott, and Matt Damon’s Mom

In this episode of BustED Pencils Jed and Tim talk to life long educator Marion Brady about how to engage children in the “construction” of knowledge. Blogger/Activist of the Week Morna McDermott exposes us to “Education Alchemy.” Have you ever heard of Dr. Jill Stein? Matt Damon’s Mom has. Don’t forget trending news and our… Read more »

Episode 10: Teacher Education Under Assault: Busting Pencils with Dr. Ken Zeichner

The new Every Student Succeeds Act encourages the dumbing down of teacher education. Renowned teacher education researcher Dr. Ken Zeichner joins Jed and Tim to talk about the ramifications and offers advice on how to maintain high standards for teacher education. Our Activist of the Week—Peggy Robertson—is an award winning educator for her tireless “defense… Read more »

Episode 9: Common Core : Complex or Critical? @ChrisTienken says…

Are the common core state standards complex? Jed and Tim talk to Seton Hall University’s Associate Professor of Education Chris Tienken about his new research. Seems that what you actually mean by “complex” matters. Radical scholarship and a “pedagogy of kindness?” BustED Pencils Activist of the Week—Paul Thomas—says absolutely. And when it comes to education… Read more »