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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BustED Pencils

In their latest episode, “Bust-ED Pencils,” hosted by Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci, delves deep into the critical issues facing today’s education system with the help of Rodney D. Pierce. Pierce, a father, award-winning educator, historian, and dedicated community advocate, is now running to represent NC House District 27. The episode shines a […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 15, 2024


BustED Pencils

Join Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci as they unite with Teacher Hallie and Teacher Joanna from the Educators Amplified Podcast for a profound Valentine’s Day episode. Amid a landscape of love and appreciation, they delve into the harsh realities facing educators and students alike, from the shadows of gun violence to the pervasive […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 14, 2024


BustED Pencils

From reimagining standardized tests all the way to the singularity, where is AI going to take American education? Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny discuss the wide world of opportunities and pitfalls that artificial intelligence offers. In this thought-provoking episode of Busted Pencils, Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Luppinacci dive deep into the evolving landscape […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 13, 2024


BustED Pencils

If you’ve ever wondered about the power of community engagement in shaping our schools, this episode is a must-listen. Dr. Tim Slecker and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci welcome a very special guest: Danielle Ford, a former school board member and the dynamic host of the “Unraveling Education” podcast. Danielle’s journey from concerned parent to influential education […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 12, 2024


BustED Pencils

Johnny’s out tonight, probably playing hockey, so Producer Nate sits down with Tim to ponder the uses, and misuses, of AI. It has a place in the classroom, just like any other tool, but what is that place? Then Civic Media’s own Jimmy Kaska joins the show to give a lesson on referendum 101. What […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 9, 2024


BustED Pencils

Dr. Johnny is away on that top-secret teacher business he’s always doing, so we brought in our secret weapon: you know her as Caller Jo Ann, but Bust-ED Pencils is proud to reintroduce her to you as Dr. Jo Ann Oravec, our AI and tech expert from Madison!

BustED Pencils

Feb 8, 2024


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Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are starting a new tradition against traditional schooling: Teacher Joanna and Teacher Hallie from Educators Amplified will be joining us this Wednesday and EVERY Wednesday… FOREVER! Kicking things off with Ral Academy, a new way of thinking about how schools could look.

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Feb 7, 2024


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No matter where you are, there are children with special needs near you. Today, Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny tackle the pressing topic of the nationwide teacher shortage, with a particular focus on the scarcity of special education teachers. They explore the root causes of this shortage, from historical challenges to societal perceptions, shedding light […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 6, 2024


BustED Pencils

We’re rolling into week 2 of Bust-Ed Pencils’ Weekday Takeover, and we’re not slowing down yet. Carol Burris is BACK to talk charter schools, voucher systems, and the privatization of public schools by the right-wing politicians across this nation. Carol Burris served as principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 5, 2024


BustED Pencils

The educated educators are back in action on a Friday night! Tonight is the second night of February, which means the beginning of Black History Month. While most classrooms should be getting ready to teach Black history, some aren’t, because they’re afraid of accusations of racism. Tim and Johnny reaffirm that Black history is just […]

BustED Pencils

Feb 2, 2024

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