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 »

Episode 8: Busting Pencils with Alfie Kohn!

The “schools our children deserve?” Yep! Join Jed and Tim as they talk to the man who literally wrote the book–Alfie Kohn Also, have you ever heard a teacher say “just let me teach?” Well then be sure to check out BustED Pencils Activist of the Week. And what would BustED Pencils be without trending… Read more »

Episode 7: BustED Pencils goes Bad Ass! Bad Ass Teachers that is

Join Jed and Tim as they attempt to catch a few BATS.  You know. Bad Ass Teachers. Two BAT leaders —Steven Singer and Marla Kilfoyle —talk to Jed and Tim about everything Bad Ass and some of the battles BATS are engaged in fighting corporate education reform. Also sticking with the Bad Ass theme, our… Read more »

Episode 6: Bertis Downs, REM, NPE and one BAT

Just who is Bertis Downs?  In this episode Jed and Tim talk to the man, the myth, the legend.  OK maybe that’s too much hype but check it out as Bertis Downs talks to Jed and Tim about his 30 years as manager of the mega rock band REM and how he came to be… Read more »

Episode 5: Admiring Administrators

In this episode of BustED Pencils Jed and Tim talk educational administration with administrators.  Sounds boring, huh? But instead of “administrators” what if we got to hear from “leaders” in education? First, from Chicago, we talk to principal Mr. Troy LaRaviere who exemplifies leadership over compliance.  Our Activist of the Week is an administrator from… Read more »

Episode 4: 6/3/15

It’s finally here!  Check out this music and arts themed episode.  Jed and Tim weave trending news concerning the arts and “bust some myths” along with inviting Matt Damon’s mom to provide expert commentary on how the arts and music are essential in the early years of child development.  In the main interview get ready… Read more »

Episode 3: 4/10/15

Episode 3 is here. Trending News exposes the most important issues of the day.  Jed and Tim talk to Colorado Teacher—Peggy Robertson—who will REFUSE to give Common Core tests this Spring.  Poverty rears its ugly head and Matt Damon’s mom dismantles the “poverty can’t be an excuse” rhetoric.  And in our Moment of Zinn we… Read more »

Episode 2: 2/26/15

In this episode of BustED Pencils radio, Tim and Jed analyze the most important education news of the day and interview Dr. Diane Ravitch.  Also, Matt Damon’s mom stops by, we talk to Activist of the Week—Mom Michelle and hear about a great new book about “common ground” on the common core.  And finally don’t… Read more »

Episode 1: 12/1/14

In this pilot episode hosts Tim and Jed talk punk rock as education with Martin Atkins. Also,  Matt Damon’s mom stops by to offer a subtle critique of Arne Duncan. And later in the show meet the activist of the week–a mother from Denver. Let’s Bust some Pencils!