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Breaking the Fourth Wall of Public Education

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    Do Teachers Need to be Armed?

    22 MAY. 2024 · The conversation explores the topic of arming teachers in schools. The hosts discuss recent developments in states like Tennessee and Alaska that allow teachers to carry firearms. They examine the pros and cons of arming teachers and the potential impact on the education system. The conversation highlights the need for practical considerations, such as the amount of training required and the ability of teachers to handle active shooter situations. They also discuss the potential negative effects, including the added responsibility and liability for teachers, the impact on students' sense of safety, and the need to address the root causes of school shootings. The conversation explores the disconnect between urban and rural areas when it comes to guns. People in cities often see guns as tools for violence, while those in rural areas view them as tools for survival and hunting. The conversation highlights the need for a cultural shift in understanding firearms and the importance of education and exposure to guns. It also touches on the mental health crisis and the need for a more centrist approach to the issue. The conclusion is that arming teachers is not a solution in itself, but rather a band-aid for deeper societal issues.
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    Teacher Attrition Continues for Good Reasons

    22 MAY. 2024 · In this conversation, Kevin and David discuss the reasons why teachers leave the education profession. They highlight several common themes, including the lack of substitutes and secretaries, the absence of work-life balance, low salaries, and inadequate health insurance. They also touch on the issue of violence in schools and the lack of support from administrators. The conversation emphasizes the need for administrators to fulfill their responsibilities and address these issues to retain teachers. The hosts express frustration with the lack of accurate data on teacher attrition and the media's failure to cover the retention crisis in education. Teachers need to start writing and sharing their stories to bring attention to the issues in education. Many teachers are already writing books and articles to shed light on their experiences. The lack of change in the education system is a common reason for teachers leaving the profession. Teachers often feel unsupported and blamed for problems that are beyond their control. The increasing violence, apathy, and lack of discipline in students make teaching more challenging. Teachers are often guilted and accused when they need to take time off for personal reasons. The system is systematically destroying itself, and teachers feel bitter about the lack of support and respect they receive.
    57m 3s
  • Do These Skills Matter?

    15 MAY. 2024 · In this conversation, David and Kevin discuss the importance of teaching certain skills that are often overlooked in schools. They highlight the significance of teaching students how to read analog clocks, write in cursive, and engage in home economics. They also emphasize the importance of public speaking and communication skills. The conversation touches on the impact of technology and the need to prepare students for real-world situations. Overall, they argue that these 'old school' skills are still relevant and necessary for students' personal and professional development. The conversation highlights the importance of teaching practical skills and real-world knowledge in education. The speakers discuss the need to balance theory with practice and emphasize the value of teaching skills like financial algebra, reading maps, public speaking, and writing in cursive. They also stress the importance of teaching students how to think critically, identify bias, and navigate digital databases. The conversation concludes with the idea that education should focus on personal growth, pride in accomplishments, and the joy of learning. Takeaways - Teaching students how to read analog clocks is a basic skill that is often overlooked in schools, but it is still relevant in real-world situations. - Cursive writing is a lost art that can improve information retention and help students develop their own unique identity. - Home economics, including cooking and basic cleanliness, is a valuable skill that prepares students for independent living and contributes to their mental health. - Public speaking and communication skills are essential for success in various aspects of life, including job interviews, networking, and effective communication in the workplace. - The impact of technology and the lack of emphasis on these 'old school' skills have led to a decline in social development and communication abilities among students. - Teaching these skills at a young age can lead to better communication and personal development outcomes for students. Education should balance theory with practice and focus on teaching practical skills. - Skills like financial algebra, reading maps, public speaking, and writing in cursive are important for students' personal growth and real-world success. - Teaching critical thinking and the ability to identify bias in reading materials is crucial. - Education should prioritize personal accomplishments, pride, and the joy of learning. - Education should not be limited to rigorous academic subjects, but should also include practical and hands-on learning experiences.
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  • Public Schools are Akin to the Post Office

    29 ABR. 2024 · On this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall of Public Education, David and Kevin discuss how chronic absenteeism in public schools has become a significant issue, with at least a third of students across the country considered chronically absent. The problem has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to declining enrollment in public schools. The structure and lack of engagement in the education system, along with the rigid curriculum and lack of flexibility, contribute to chronic absenteeism. Teachers' burnout and disengagement also play a role. Efforts to address chronic absenteeism include improving school culture, providing accessible childcare, and allowing teachers more autonomy and creativity in the classroom. The conversation explores the broken state of the public school system and the issue of chronic absenteeism. It highlights the lack of structure, guidance, and understanding for students, leading to a lack of trust in the system. The conversation emphasizes the need for a complete overhaul of the education system, including changes in teaching methods, curriculum, and evaluation systems. It also discusses the impact of Common Core and the emphasis on inquiry-based learning, which has led to boredom and disengagement among students. The conversation concludes by questioning the goal of education in 2023 and the need to shift from survival to improvement. Takeaways - Chronic absenteeism is a significant problem in public schools, with at least a third of students considered chronically absent. - The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the issue of chronic absenteeism and led to declining enrollment in public schools. - The structure and lack of engagement in the education system, along with rigid curriculum and lack of flexibility, contribute to chronic absenteeism. - Teachers' burnout and disengagement, as well as the lack of emotional intelligence and connection with students, also play a role in chronic absenteeism. - Efforts to address chronic absenteeism include improving school culture, providing accessible childcare, and allowing teachers more autonomy and creativity in the classroom. The public school system is broken, leading to chronic absenteeism and a lack of trust in the system. - The education system needs a complete overhaul, including changes in teaching methods, curriculum, and evaluation systems. - The emphasis on inquiry-based learning and Common Core has led to boredom and disengagement among students. - There is a need to redefine the goal of education in 2023 and shift from survival to improvement.
    49m 57s
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    The Transitioning Teacher with Guest Lauren Greener

    29 ABR. 2024 · Kevin and David welcome guest Lauren Greener. Lauren is a newly transitioned teacher who left the classroom to explore other options. Together, they explore the stigma and misconceptions surrounding teachers who leave the education field. Lauren highlights the lack of understanding and support from both within and outside the education system. The pressure from parents and politicians to stay in the profession is discussed, as well as the political nature of education. The conversation also touches on the need for innovation and change in the education system, as well as the challenges faced by student teachers. The conversation explores various aspects of teaching experiences, challenges, and the impact of administrators on teacher burnout. It highlights the lack of support and supervision during student teaching, the hiring and training practices in education, and the reasons why teachers leave the profession. The discussion also emphasizes the importance of the administrator-teacher relationship and the public's misunderstanding of the teaching profession. Ultimately, the conversation reveals that teacher burnout can occur regardless of positive experiences, showcasing the need for systemic changes in education. Takeaways - Teachers who leave the education field often face stigma and misconceptions from others. - There is a lack of understanding and support for teachers who choose to leave. - Parents and politicians can exert pressure on teachers to stay in the profession. - The education system needs to adapt and innovate to meet the changing needs of students and teachers. - Student teachers often face challenges and lack proper onboarding and support. Teachers often face challenges and lack support and supervision during student teaching. - Hiring and training practices in education can contribute to teacher burnout. - The administrator-teacher relationship plays a significant role in teacher satisfaction and retention. - There is a misunderstanding of the teaching profession and the realities teachers face. - Teacher burnout can occur regardless of positive teaching experiences.
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  • Politicians, Teachers, and Student Rights

    25 MAR. 2024 · On the latest episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall of Public Education David and Kevin discuss a proposed bill in Missouri that would label teachers as sex offenders for helping transgender students in any way.  The role of teachers is to support all students, regardless of their gender identity. The bill would harm both students and teachers, as it would discourage students from seeking support and potentially lead to teacher discipline. Kevin and David contiue the conversation about the increasing number of anti-LGBTQ bills and the impact of compliance on teachers. They emphasize the community aspect of schools and the emotional connections formed between teachers and students. There is a real national call for reasonable conversations and efforts to create inclusive and supportive school communities for every student.
    42m 29s
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    Return of the Pink Slip + Gross Mismanagement = Teacher Shortage?

    24 MAR. 2024 · Welcome back to another season of Breaking the Fourth Wall of Public Education! David and Kevin are excited to be back for this new season after taking some time off to refund the project. We're back and ready for another great conversation about public education in the US today. Here's what you'll find on this all new episode. Summary Kevin and David discuss the recent surge in layoffs in public school districts across the United States due to funding issues. The misallocation of COVID funding and the failure of administrators to properly manage the budget are key factors contributing to this new crisis. They discuss the impact of layoffs on student support services and the overall functioning of schools, the politicization of education funding, and the ineffectiveness of merit pay. The lack of transparency in decision-making and the reactive approach to budgeting as well as the role of administrators in mismanagement further proves the need for accountability and transparency in school districts. Takeaways - The recent surge in layoffs in public school districts is primarily due to funding issues and the misallocation of COVID funding. - Layoffs of support staff, such as librarians, security personnel, and office workers, have a significant impact on the functioning of schools and student support services. - The politicization of education funding, including the implementation of school voucher programs, further exacerbates the crisis. - The conversation highlights the need for systemic change in the education system to address financial mismanagement and ensure the sustainability of public schools.  - Budget deficits and optimistic budgeting practices contribute to the financial instability in districts. - The lack of transparency in decision-making and reactive budgeting hinder effective financial management. - Administrators play a significant role in mismanagement and should be held accountable for their actions. - The teacher retention and recruitment crisis is exacerbated by the mismanagement of funds and lack of accountability in school districts.
    51m 33s
  • Where are the Real Solutions to Teacher Retention

    26 NOV. 2023 · On this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall of Public Education Kevin and David disucss the ongoing teacher retention issue in the US. They explore a myriad of topics from buying teachers townhomes as an incentive to work to the hypycrital strings many politicians pull when it comes to providing the youth of our nation a fundamental education. If you want to hear Dave's NY accent shine, this is the one. Join us as we discuss some "real" solutions to to teacher retention. 
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  • Education and Substance Abuse: A Conversation with Jessica Duenas

    3 OCT. 2023 · Jessica Dueñas, Ed.S., the founder of Bottomless to Sober and 2019 Kentucky State Teacher of the Year, is an educator in recovery who provides coaching services to individuals needing support in accomplishing their goals. In addition, Jessica facilitates professional development for organizations on wellness, leads workshops on writing and wellness, and is also available as a speaker for events.Bottomless to Sober’s blog captures stories that highlight the strength, beauty, and hope of living in recovery. Submissions are always welcome. If you are interested in sharing your story, email Jessica at jessica@bottomlesstosober.com www.bottomlesstosober.com
    47m 56s

Kevin and David are former public school teachers who are dedicated to sharing the truth about what happens behind the scenes of public education in the U.S. today. There is...

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Kevin and David are former public school teachers who are dedicated to sharing the truth about what happens behind the scenes of public education in the U.S. today.
There is a lot of talk about a teacher shortage however, the truth behind the fourth wall tells a different story. Together, with the help of expert guests, Kevin and David explore the ugly truths our public education system hides from the public as they continue to expose the Teacher Retention Issue the media has named a teacher shortage.
David and Kevin are experienced educators with full knowledge of the inner workings of the U.S. public education system. Kevin taught in Southern California and David taught in New York City for over 20 years. Together they explore the systemic failure of the U.S. public school system and offer solutions backed by decades of real world classroom experience.
Join them every Sunday night as they continue to expose the Teacher Retention Issue plaguing our public schools.

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