By Tim Slekar
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BustED Pencils; Fully Leaded Education Talk is a half-hour talk show dedicated to public education. It is the only talk on the radio about education by educators. BustED Pencils is known for its commitment to the hard facts with a humorous twist. Host Tim Slekar covers the “real” issues in education.
||CleanEpisode 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. So||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 57: Marching with the 50 Miles More students||Photo courtesy of Joe Brusky Trending News: 50 Miles More students from Wisconsin What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about students protesting and having their own opinions? Someone Has To Say It: Democrats dismantling and demoralizing the teaching pr||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 56: Betsy Bonanza||Trending News: Did she really say that? Between SNL and 60 minutes Betsy DeVos had a tough time communicating. Is it real or is it parody? Special Guest: Double E. Defends Betsy, or as he likes to call her “Tootsie.” You know what the say||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 55: “57 minutes!” Stoneman Douglas High school Moms Remember that Day!||Trending News School Policy and student walkouts Students walk out across the country to protest gun violence The AR- 15 is a killing machine Someone Has to Say It: People who post stupid comments about gun violence on my Facebook page are…? Featur||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 54: Teacher Shortage or Teacher Demoralization?||Trending News: They were trained for this moment Teacher with a white nationalist podcast Teen mental health and cell phones Someone Has To Say it: Teacher Shortage? Not really. Leadership shortage? Oh Yeah! Feature Interview: Doris Santoro from Bow||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 53: No More Thoughts and Prayers!||Trending News 1) Idiot accuses shooting victims of being “coached.” 2) Conspiracy crackpots dump more pain on Florida shooting victims by claiming they are really just actors. Someone Has To Say It! John Pavlovitz. The ‘Emotionally Immature’||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 52: Politicians Beware: A Few Good Women in Kentucky Are On The Move||Trending News: A Few Good Women Student Loan Forgiveness is Good for the Economy Someone Has To Say It: Just say “NO!” to Blue Ribbon Panels on School Funding. Feature Interview: Gay Adelmann has had it with know nothing politicians ruining p||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 51: Are Politicians friends of Public Education?||Trending News Gun Wielding Teachers Finland, Finland, Finland What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about feeding hungry children? Someone Has To Say It: Social Justice Unions. The time has come. Feature Interview: @TheOtherMandela (Mandela Barnes) is r||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 50: #BustEDPencils turns 50 and welcomes @MTEAunion||Trending News: Yes to Sex All kids are Dumb What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about No Excuses Schools? Feature Interview: Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association president Kim Schroeder. What does it mean to fight for “our” kids||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 49: Are you an Advocate for Public Education?||Trending News: What do you do with “Non Essential Students?” Teacher’s as Reality TV stars? Someone Has To Say It: It’s time for legislator accountability. Kohn’s Zone: To lecture or to shut up? That is the question. Feature||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 48: Ed Tech, Art as Porn, Unionism, Standards, and Diane Ravitch: Woo Hoo!||Trending News: Teaching art or porn? Some One Has To Say It: Woo Hoo is NOT a sentence! What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about New Zealand getting rid of standards? Feature Interview: Diane Ravitch. Warning! Educational Technology could be hazardo||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 47: An Astrophysical Dismantling of Education Reform: Photon Torpedoes Launched!||Trending News: 7 dirty words could be a problem for public schools. Someone Has To Say It! Why do we Opt Out? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about the “Kindergarten Readiness Gap?” Feature Interview: Ethan Seigel is one hell of a theo||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 46: A Dairy Farm Democrat for Governor||Trending News: School Funding requires a “Blue Ribbon Panel?” Someone Has To Say It: Can an Atheist School Board Member save Christmas? What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about teaching in Nova Scotia? Feature Interview: She’s a dair||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45: Public Schools’ Addiction and Free College||Trending News: 1) Betsy DeVos is not going anywhere. 2) Young teachers are leaving the profession. Someone Has To Say It! Teacher Exodus is NOT “fake news.” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about competency based teacher education? Featu||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: Are Teachers Allowed to Write Books?||Trending News: Stop stressing over college. It literally doesn’t pay. Someone Has To Say It! No Tax Cuts for Teachers. What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about “real” personalized learning? Feature Interview: BustED Pencils talks to||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43: A Gritty Principal and a Bass Ass Teacher!||Trending News: 1) Kindergarten Readiness Gap. 2) Betsy on the Way Out? Someone Has To Say It! Democrats and a “Better Deal?” What Would Matt Damon’s Mom Say about Democrats and Betsy DeVos? Feature Interview: Linda Nathan talks about h||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Patriotism, Protest, and Personalized Learning||Trending News: 1) Teachers are STRESSED OUT! 2) The “well being gap” in Wisconsin is a tragedy. Someone Has To Say It!: Tim’s rant on the “gap.” The Schools Our Children Deserve: Patrick Sullivan is the director of Ireland’s||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 tal||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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: Democr||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 Scien||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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&||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 enti||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 Dam||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 Dam||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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Go to their website and get the first 7 episodes too. Trying to find this type of conversation elsewhere is pretty near impossible, so get your fix here. Matt Damon's mom is the best!
Always provocative and insightful
Tim and Jed have a great style that is always interesting to listen to. For educators tired of the pseudo-reform jargon, this podcast brings the issues down to earth so the real impacts can be understood. The discussion is honest and the views are not filtered. A great listen.
Intelligent, honest. It's difficult to find this kind of discussion.