Episode 67: Charter Schools and Progressive Values: A Lesson for Democrats

Trending News: Charter School’s first Black Valedictorian stopped from speaking at graduation. Wisconsin State Journal’s charter school definition fails the smell check. 5 Reasons Charter Schools are B. A. D. Someone Has To Say It: A lesson for “edu” journalists on charter schools. Special Interview:  The Network for Public Education’s Carol Burris: Charter Schools 101…. Read more »

Episode 66: A Teacher’s Story Part 2 and a pinch of Punk Rock

Trending News: Schools to “out” transgender students. Schools to report that boys aren’t manly enough. Whats going on in kindergarten? What Would Matt Damon’s Say about the demise of kindergarten? Special Interview: Tim McIlrath from Rise Against talks about punk rock as a vehicle for critical education and The Schools Our Children Deserve. Kohn’s Zone:… Read more »

Episode 65: Karen Vieth: A Teacher’s Story

Trending News: No Gun Control! Silly Safety Debacles Instead. (And Tim Singing). Teachers have had enough. Why Teachers Leave. Main Interview: Karen Vieth taught for 17 years.  She won awards. She was loved by her students.  She advocated for her colleagues.  When things got out of hand at her school she reached out for help. … Read more »

Episode 64: Running with Kelda Roys

Trending News: Mindfulness and Yoga in the classroom. Teaching about Dinosaurs and Humans living together—at the taxpayer’s expense. Bulletproof backpacks for graduation. Someone Has To Say It: Democrats offer teachers a “Better Deal.”  Not good enough.  I want the BEST DEAL. Feature Interview: Kelda Roys is running for governor in the state of Wisconsin.  She… Read more »

Episode 63: A “Recovering Trial Lawyer” for Governor: Dana Wachs.

Trending News: “Minimum Grading”  What is it? And Why use it? Hide your 4 year olds! The Baby PISA is coming. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about the Baby PISA? Main Interview: He’s a “recovering trial lawyer” from “up north” and he’s a Democrat running for Governor in Wisconsin.  Welcome to BustED Pencils Dana… Read more »

Episode 62: I want to be a teacher so I went “Back to School!”

Trending News The US gives up on preventing school shootings. Yes. Now I want all of your guns. Give Oliver North some Ritalin. Feature Interview: So you want to be a teacher. Why? We talk to returning adult students—Wally Longo, Alex Morry, and Brian Ward—about why the left the private sector and came “Back to… Read more »

Episode 61: Nurturing the Heart and a Hunger Strike

Trending News: Wisconsin governor Scott Walker want to “shake things up” in Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee Teacher Education Association’s Alex Brower is on a hunger strike for health care.  We talk to him. Feature Interview: Howard Glasser created the Nurtured Heart Approach to help “find the greatness in intense children.”  Listen as he goes deeper… Read more »

Episode 60: Educators Amplified and Licensed Teachers need NOT Apply

Trending News: Teachers of the Year attempt dialogue with Betsy DeVos. Give teachers guns so they can sell them for supplies? Michelle Wolf. 1 school closed and 40 teachers without jobs. “If only I knew?” Someone Has to Say It!: Keep politicians out of our classrooms. Feature Interview: Joanna Rizzotto and Ted Kraig preview the… Read more »

Episode 59: The “Go to Hell” Episode

Trending News: Pay “our” teachers damn it! Mall cops for our schools “Go to Hell” Someone Has To Say It! 15 Years teaching experience and a Master’s degree a no job. Sorry but we don’t have a “teacher shortage.” Feature Interview: Jessica Marks She was fired from KIPP in Texas and the named Teacher of the… Read more »

Episode 58: Mike McCabe take 2 and a Special Kohn’s Zone

Trending News Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin “connects” teachers strikes and child abuse.  Huh? Stoneman Douglas teacher forgets to holster gun while going number 2. NAEP scores flat. Time to consider “test and punish” a failure. Someone Has To Say it: Time to move “Beyond Discipline.” Feature Interview:  He’s Back!  Democratic Candidate for Governor Mike McCabe… Read more »