From Hardcore to High School with Nancy Barile
Nancy Barile is a first wave punk who took her experiences of being a disenfranchised youth and decided to change the system from the inside; she became a teacher. Spending most of her 20s in Philadelphia in the 80s, Nancy witnessed police brutality, violence and sexism. In this episode you’ll hear Nancy recount her experience of going to see the Dead Kennedys in 1982, a show at which the venue was bombed before the band even hit the stage.
Nancy always had a love for education and since becoming a teacher she has won several awards for being an educator. When speaking about her time as an educator Nancy said:
“I realized that, despite years of schooling, multiple degrees and countless hours of professional development, punk rock contributed much more to my ability to connect with and help my students than any teacher training program. Punk helped me understand and reach disenfranchised and marginalized teens — mainly because I was one and so were my friends. It enabled me to recognize the importance of self-expression through language, and so I encourage my students to tap into the power of words to communicate rage and bliss and, of course, to change the world.”
This episode is incredibly unique and I am very proud of the way that it tuned out.
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