The "Vaping" Lesson

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The "Vaping" Lesson

As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we check in with a school on the island about the challenges that lay ahead for next school year. Plus, Betsy DeVos says a school safety commission formed after the Parkland school shooting won't be talking about guns. Finally, are your students vaping? We talk about how to deal with this new phenomenon in schools.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes and Mind Body Mind by Blue Dot Session and All Hot Lights by Podington Bear

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The "Teacher Of The Year" Lesson

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The "Teacher Of The Year" Lesson

The 2018 national teacher of the year gave President Trump a stack of letter from her refugee and immigrant students...then the online hate started. Plus, a clash over free speech in schools. Our teachers say a student who wears a pro border wall t-shirt shouldn't have to take it off, but other students should be allowed to debate and criticize it. Also, the surprising trend of students bullying themselves online.

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The "Teen Suicide" Lesson

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The "Teen Suicide" Lesson

"Thirteen Reasons Why" is back and with it comes fears and handwringing about students dealing with suicidal thoughts. Plus, some people are calling for a nation wide boycott of schools to force legislative change on gun control. Finally, a landmark legal decision regarding which bathrooms trans students can use has our teachers asking if we can finally be done with this debate.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes and Cases To Rest by Blue Dot Session

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The "Learning Styles" Lesson

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The "Learning Styles" Lesson

Recent research claims that learning styles are actually totally fake...our teachers say not so fast. Plus, students in America are politically fired up, but does that mean they'll vote in the fall? One school already has a statistically proven impact on student voting rates and we talk with them. All that and "Kids These Days" on this week's episode!

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Balti by Blue Dot Sessions

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The "This Is Our Home" Lesson

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The "This Is Our Home" Lesson

When more than 4,200 teachers responded to The New York Times’ recent callout for images showing their working conditions, it gave readers an insight into the often-frustrating experiences of educators. Plus, one of our teachers pens a powerful op-ed about our current school shooting debate.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Sad Marimba Planet by Lee Rosevere

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The "Nation's Report Card" Lesson

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The "Nation's Report Card" Lesson

Teacher protests continue across the country...will teachers be a political force in the 2018 elections? Plus, everyone is worried about Facebook, but our teachers say kids aren't using it anyway. And the latest scores for the National Assessment For Educational Progress are out, cue the hand-wringing and eye-rolling.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Tiny Putty by Blue Dot Sessions

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The "Walk Out" Lesson

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The "Walk Out" Lesson

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The national student walk out has us asking: is it really a protest if you have to get a permission slip to do it? Our teachers say their students are demanding more agency and planning more political activism. 

No Wrong Answer will be taking a two week break as our teachers head off to a much deserved Spring Break themselves.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Heliotrope by Blue Dot Sessions

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The "Cloud Of Uncertainty" Lesson

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The "Cloud Of Uncertainty" Lesson

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A teacher gets outed as a closet white supremacist. What does it say about schools that she was able to get a teaching job in the first place? Plus, the DACA program has not ended but students receiving the special protective status are still anxious about their futures. We talk with three DACA recipients about what life is like under a cloud of uncertainty. And, what did our teachers learn from the success of the West Virginia teacher's strike? 

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Modes by Primary Color Music

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The "Teacher Strike" Lesson

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The "Teacher Strike" Lesson

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A teacher strike in West Virginia captures the education world's attention. We talk with a leader on the front picket lines of Charleston. Plus—sexting—more kids are doing it, and our teachers say they feel unprepared to talk about it. And, we start a new segment, Teacher To Teacher, where educators talk with the teachers who had an impact on them as students.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Modes by Primary Color Music

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The "Black Panther" Lesson

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The "Black Panther" Lesson

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On this episode: we talk with black high school students about their feelings on “Black Panther”. Plus, as talk of arming teachers picks up steam, our educators and a special student guest say…are you kidding? And, have charter schools hit a wall? Our charter school teachers say maybe they have.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes

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The "School Shooting Generation" Lesson

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The "School Shooting Generation" Lesson

Students are angry and frustrated in the wake of another school shooting, and our teachers say they hope things might change this time. Plus, a scandal over inflated graduation rates in Washington DC has teachers asking: could it be happening in my district? Then, a special Black Panther edition of Kids These Days.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Modes by Primary Color Music

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The "Sanitized History" Lesson

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The "Sanitized History" Lesson

Most kids in America still can't name slavery as the primary cause of the Civil War. Our teachers say the problems with the way we teach slavery go even deeper than that. It's time to get uncomfortable. Plus, school councilors have caseloads approaching 500 students. One councilor says there's not enough time in the day.

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Modes by Primary Color Music

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The "Citizenship Test" Lesson

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The "Citizenship Test" Lesson

In this #MeToo moment, what are we saying to boys to help them understand things like sexual harassment and consent? Also, we get the behind the scenes scope of an infamous “blacklist” of former employees an Arizona school district secretly kept for decades. And, should students be forced to pass the US citizenship test?

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes, and Modes by Primary Color Music

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The "Affordable Housing" Lesson

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The "Affordable Housing" Lesson

Indianapolis is offering cheap housing in order to entice teachers to stay. Hear why our teachers think that's not such a good idea. Also, The Betsy Breakdown is back: our Secretary of Education has been laying low, but we have a lot to talk about in this new year. Those topics plus, how are our teachers staying healthy during this flu season? Those answers and more on this edition of the podcast. 

Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes; Modes by Primary Color Music; and All Hot Lights by Poddington Bears

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