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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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Dr. Tim Slecker delves into the unfiltered realities of teaching in today’s politically charged environment with today’s guest, Nancy Flanagan. Known for her fearless blogging and candid discussions, Nancy shares insights from her latest blog, “Ignoring the Real World in the Classroom,” challenging the directives that prevent educators from addressing significant current events with their […]

BustED Pencils

Jun 20, 2024


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They’re Educators. They’re Amplified. Together, it’s a great show. Dr. Tim Slecker and Teacher Halley tackle the significance of Juneteenth in today’s educational landscape. They explore whether schools in 2024 would acknowledge Juneteenth as a holiday and delve into the broader implications of teaching this critical part of American history. With insightful contributions from listeners, […]

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Jun 19, 2024


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In this enlightening episode of Busted Pencils, Dr. Tim Slekar is joined by Curtis Cardine, the accomplished author behind the newly released book “Horace’s Hope: Freedman’s Folly, The Purpose and Promise of Common Schools in a Democratic Republic.” Together, they delve into the profound legacy of Horace Mann, the pioneer of the American public education […]

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Jun 18, 2024


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In this episode of Busted Pencils, Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Luppinacci dive into the complexities of Milwaukee Public Schools’ recent budget challenges. After a grueling weekend of travel, Tim reflects on his Father’s Day celebrations and the significance of family time before getting down to business. They are joined by Heather DuBoise Bourenane […]

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Jun 17, 2024


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This week, we’re celebrating our rekindled relationship with Rethinking Schools, our continued partnership with Minocqua Brewing Company, and as always, incredible learning. This week is all about the power of education to empower people, from our youngest learners to our most experienced ones. We here at Busted Pencils are educated educators talking education AND we […]

BustED Pencils

Jun 15, 2024


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Tim! Johnny! Anya? No Jess?! What is happening?!? A Friday recap of epic proportions, that’s what! Broadcasting live from a conference in Minneapolis, Tim shares his experiences with college professors who are redefining quality teaching in higher education. The conversation touches on the surprising gaps in teaching proficiency among PhD holders and explores innovative ideas […]

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Jun 14, 2024


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Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny both have their PhDs in education, they’re both experts in their field, and they recognize how much they still have to learn. Tim’s joining us today live from the National Higher Education Teaching Conference. Today, we’re celebrating and honoring excellent teaching and learning at all levels. We’re also reflecting on […]

BustED Pencils

Jun 13, 2024


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Broadcasting live from four cities in three states, BustED Pencils is featuring Educated Educators talking Education at the Minocqua Brewing Company taproom! We’re tackling voter registration, the absolute necessity of public education for a functional democracy, students’ rights, and more! Join us and make sure to grab some progressive beer from Minocqua Brewing Company. Busted […]

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Jun 12, 2024


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Busted Pencils is excited to rekindle our relationship with Rethinking Schools, a Milwaukee-based social justice education advocacy and publication group. Special guest Cierra Kaler-Jones, executive director of Rethinking Schools, is with us to bust pencils today! Rethinking Schools got their start with challenging corporate text books that further diminished marginalized perspectives. Now, they work at […]

BustED Pencils

Jun 11, 2024


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Kathy Greeley, 40+ year career educator and author of Testing Education, is here to bust some #2, standardized-testing-ready pencils. Over the past decades, America has instituted dozens of standardized tests and policies designed to raise standards. As much as those tests and those standards were designed to measure and increase learning, they’ve done incredible harm […]

BustED Pencils

Jun 10, 2024

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