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It's not to be forgiven, it's to be cancelled

Tim and Johnny once again speak with Alan Collinge about the latest developments on President Biden's historic student debt cancellation plan, what stands in it's way, and why it's not YOUR fault.

Has student debt cancellation been cancelled?

Johnny and Tim are joined by Alan Collinge, a student loan activist and founder of www.studentloanjustice.org. We discuss the recent injunction putting a pause to President Biden's historic action cancelling a substantial portion of student debt for Americans. We also take your calls!

Who's taking the heat for 'learning loss'?

Tim and Johnny are once again joined by John Warner, a writer/editor/speaker/consultant with more than twenty years of experience teaching college-level writing to discuss this year's 'nation's report card' and how it relates to student's experience during - and after - the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Finishing Touch (Oct. 18)

The third installment of a series about a radical program designed to fast-track aspiring teachers who may not have the means to attain 'ordinary' certifications. Today Tim is joined by Heather Fracker, a Tennessee native who's currently in her second year with the program.

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What is school for? (Oct. 4)

Today Tim and Johnny are joined by John Warnner, writer/editor/speaker/consultant with more than twenty years of experience teaching college-level writing and author of a new book, 'What Is School For?'.

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Educated Educators talking Education

How to become a teacher; a new method

We expand on the last topic we discussed - a program that utilizes registered apprenticeships to get more teachers in school, doing the work. From discounted and subsidized tuition costs to financial support, we discuss this radical method of coaxing people into one of the most important jobs in modern society - teachers.

We're joined by Jermaine Purdie, an 8th grade Teacher at ELA and a Resident currently participating in the program.

Join us each Tuesday night for EDucated EDucators talking EDucation!

Teacher Shortages and The Will to Fix It

Educated Educators - Talking Education!

Tim and Johnny are joined by Prentice Chandler, Dean and professor for Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. We discuss the widely discussed teacher shortage and how we're working to fix it. Join us and get educated!

BustED Data

What qualifies as useful data? Johnny and Tim discuss the myriad of ways that data can be used to present evidence in support of - or with the intent to refute - a given notion.

We also consider this in the context of last week's show, regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress - also known as the nation's report card - and a recent dip in testing scores being attributed to teaching and learning challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us each Tuesday night for EDucated EDucators talking EDucation!

The report card talk (Sept. 6)

Tim and Johnny lament the latest reporting around 'America's Report Card' - and how the standardized test score drop is overshadowing much of the hard work and ingenuity of teachers and learners alike.

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Educated Educators - Talking Education! Today Evan steps up to fill the void for this week - Dr. Johnny joins us again next week.  The topic?  Student loan forgiveness - a hotly debated topic, Dr. Tim Slekar bestows an honorary 'Doctorate' on EBone as they discuss the implications of the debt forgiveness action from the White House.  Who's eligible?  How much?  When?  Why not me?  Join us and get educated!