Episode 83: Rethinking Schools: Origins and Future

Trending News: Classrooms in Crisis.  Bad Behavior of Bad System? Just say No to the Teacher Shortage. Standing your ground so you can shoot your kids. Feature Interview: Rethinking Schools Founder Bob Peterson. In the 1980s Bob Peterson and his teaching colleagues were looking for social justice teaching materials.  There weren’t many out there in… Read more »

Episode 82: After School Shootings: #mourninginamerika

Trending News: Surviving School Shootings. After School Shootings: PTSD and Suicide. It took New Zealand 6 days to ban assault rifles. Feature Interview: Parkland, FL mother Rosemarie Jensen.  Rosemarie’s son survived the Stoneman Douglas school shooting and talked to us last year about that day.  In this interview Rosemarie talks about the aftermath of living… Read more »

Episode 81: Rethinking School’s Bob Peterson for Milwaukee School Board

Trending News: Sandy Hook parents get the go ahead on lawsuit. How much would you pay for a teacher? Skipping school for the climate. Feature Interview:  Bob Peterson—founding editor of Rethinking Schools and 30+ year veteran teacher—is running for the city wide seat on Milwaukee Public Schools School Board.  Why and what are his plans… Read more »

Episode 80: Teaching for Black Lives National Week of Action.

Trending News Bible Literacy? Teachers who protest should lose their license. Just say no to abstinence. Special Episode: Educators in Madison, Wisconsin gathered on a cold Sunday at Edgewood College to kick off the National Teaching for Black Lives week of Action. Jesse Hagapioan (one of the editors of Teaching for Black Lives) was the… Read more »

Episode 79: Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Trending News: Teacher Testing Fails Teachers. Mrs. Pence teaches art to straight, god fearing students.  Why? How much do you pay for voucher schools? Someone Has To Say It:  More Money for Schools?  Maybe! Feature Interview: Rethinking Schools has a new book.  Rethinking Ethnic Studies.  We talk to one of the editors—Wayne Au.  Wayne takes… Read more »

Episode 78: Teaching Politics: Gagged in AZ and Sued in RI

Trending News: Time for the Sensory Hallway. Where are all of the teachers going? Teachers talking about politics better be careful. Feature Interview: The Curmudgucater—Peter Greene—found out that a political “gag order” on teachers in Arizona has a unique origin.  Enter David Horowitz.  Lesson?  Just teach “both sides.” Special Kohn’s Zone:  Seems that students in… Read more »

Episode 77: Howard Zinn and Hockey Pucks

Trending News: Floating shoes not allowed. Teacher Dress Codes. Is it a constitutional right to be taught about the constitution? School Gun Control?  No! Hockey Pucks? Hell Yeah! Feature Interview:  Ursula Wolfe-Rocca of the Zinn Education Project talks about the important work being done in classrooms using Howard Zinn materials and the motivation pushing a… Read more »

Episode 76: SUPER Episode!

Trending News: Nazi Salute in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Reading books is so yesterday. Germany doesn’t need bake sales to fund public schools. Huh? Feature Interview: Dr. Joe Gothard.  Superintendent. Saint Paul Public Schools. What’s it take to lead 38,000 students, 6,500 teachers in 67 schools? A SUPERintendent! What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about “playing” superheroes?… Read more »

Episode 75: The Nobel prize for Physics: 100 years of Gender Discrimination

Trending News: Ubers and Teachers: What’s the difference? Rich Teachers shows off Metal Chalk Holder ACT scores drop. Should we care? Feature Interview: BustED Pencil’s own Astrophysicist—Ethan Siegel—stops by to give us a history lesson.  100 years of gender discrimination and the Nobel Prize for physics.  Implications for classroom instruction? Stop the bias! Tim from… Read more »

Episode 74: Teacher Education as Resistance to Public School Privatization

Trending News: Betsy declares the rise of socialism and the death of civics. Need a pay raise? Move to Europe if you’re a Teacher. High Stakes tests for Teachers but Not for Students in Pennsylvania. Feature Interview: Professor Margaret Smith Crocco from Michigan State University. What are teacher educators doing to resist the privatization of public education and… Read more »