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 »

Episode 35: You’re Entering Kohn’s Zone!

Feature Interview:  He’s back and he’s staying—Alfie Kohn. From “No Contest” to alfiekohn.org. Alfie shares with Tim some highlights of his 30 year career and chats about his new adventure.  What could that be? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about Kohn’s Zone? Activist of the Week:  Denisha Jones talk about the intersection of early… Read more »

Episode 34: Speaking “Freely” about Social Justice and Faster Pussycat!

Feature Interview: Dr. Kevin Kumashiro joins Tim to talk about his new adventure as a social justice warrior “consultant.” Trending News with Attitude: Free Speech on College Campuses: “That’s Not Right!” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about politicians meddling with college courses? Activist of the Week: Justin Oakley talks Education Talk and Faster Pussycat?:… Read more »

Episode 33: Can You Say Aistear? Ireland’s Early Childhood Curriculum graduates to the Elementary Grades.

Feature Interview: Patrick Sullivan is the director of Ireland’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). He joins Tim to talk about something extraordinary—no not Guinness—moving early childhood curricular ideas up to the primary grades. Aistear Curriulum What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about Ireland taking the lead in pushing early childhood concepts up to the… Read more »

Episode 32: Dystopian Reality Check

Feature Interview: James Howard Kunstler: Schools after the Collapse. As society continues to exploit cheap energy what type of living arrangements will help public schools survive in the future. Blogger/Activist of the Week: Monty Fowler: Making America Great, Again. A huge “truth bomb” about being nice to teachers What Would Matt Damon’s Say about “Free Lunches?”… Read more »