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BustED Pencils

BustED Pencils

Listen Live: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Host: Civic Media

BustED Pencils; Fully Leaded Education Talk is a powerful radio show/podcast dedicated to public education. BustED Pencils is known for its commitment to the hard facts with a humorous twist. Hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci cover the “real” issues in education. The show establishes an alternative space and discusses education reform from an entirely progressive perspective. Our approach is funny, edgy, passionate, witty and gritty and features an array of guests. BustED Pencils explores the political and commercial influences behind education policy. We deliver trending education news without the jargon, and most importantly, we promote a vision of public schools that all children deserve. BustED Pencils appeals to ”your neighbor”—parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, policymakers, taxpayers and students alike.

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What do the SAT and nephrology have in common? More than you might think. Goodness, are we busting some #2 graphites today! Wendy Warren, author of An Illusion of Equity: The Legacy of Eugenics in Today’s Education joins Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny to dig into the sordid origin of today’s high stakes large scale […]

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Jul 16, 2024


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The violence of this weekend is not democracy in action. In a democracy we use ballots, not bullets; voices, not violence to express differences. We’ll talk more this week about the nature of violent rhetoric. Our guests today are here to talk about the role of public schools in supporting their communities. Executive Director of […]

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Jul 15, 2024


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It’s been a full week of democracy in action. Catch up now so you’re ready to bust some pencils Monday evening! Catch our monthly check in with fierce advocate of public education, mother of Matt Damon, and professional Pencil Buster, Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige. Wondering how to tackle the big topics in your classroom? Hear the […]

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Jul 13, 2024


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Thank goodness it’s Busted Pencils Friday! First off, some trivia. The submarine revolutionized how humans thought of and engaged with big waters. When did the United States first use a submarine for military purposes? The answer will leave you… shell-shocked. Every day on Busted Pencils, we highlight a moment of democracy in action. That term […]

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Jul 12, 2024


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BustED Pencils never shies away from the big topics. Today, we’re talking about the Civic Media news on minor edits made to Joe Biden’s interview with Earl Ingram. Civic released a press statement today acknowledging the edits and committing to doing better by the public in the future by releasing the full, unedited audio. So, […]

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Jul 11, 2024


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Educators Amplified WITH Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny! Teacher Hallie and Teacher Joanna are here for their weekly Pencil Busting. On the busting board today: social justice education and the grand purpose of public education in guiding students to citizenship. It’s a lot to tackle, the learning gets messy, and we’re embracing the critically beautiful […]

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Jul 10, 2024


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Big topics require big conversations. As difficult as it is to discuss injustice, oppression, and atrocities, we absolutely must. Our democracy and the continuing improvement of human life requires us to face the worst things that humans have done and continue to do to other humans. Jesse Hagopian of Rethinking Schools is back to Bust […]

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Jul 9, 2024


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It’s been 13 years since Matt Damon rallied with teachers in Washington DC to Save Our Schools. Today, his mom- lifelong educator and regular Pencil Buster, Nancy Carlsson-Paige- is here to check in what’s changed since then. Next up, Dr. Mike Moore– Affiliate Research Assistant Professor, Senior Project Manager, and Partner in Publishing at the […]

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Jul 8, 2024


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Happy Saturday! It’s time to catch up on this week’s best segments of BustED Pencils so you’re ready for Monday! This week, we dove into how some states are using their independence from the federal government with regards to education to rush headlong into Christian Nationalism- yeah, we’re looking at you Ohio, Louisiana, and Texas. […]

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Jul 6, 2024


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Let’s get real here: great teachers aren’t spawned fully formed. People- learners seeking to become leaders- become great teachers through hard work, continuous learning, and community investments. So what is the existing infrastructure for people who want to teach to become high-quality educators? And don’t worry, we’re also talking Democracy in Action, continuing to honor […]

BustED Pencils

Jul 5, 2024

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