Steven Singer

Steven Singer

Steven Singer is a husband, father, teacher, blogger and education advocate. He often writes at his own blog here.

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Charter schools are a scheme to eliminate the public from public education paid for at public expense. (Photo: The Progressive) Views
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Charter Schools Were Never a Good Idea. They Were a Corporate Plot All Along
America has been fooled by the charter school industry for too long. The popular myth that charter schools were invented by unions to empower teachers and communities so that students would have better options is as phony as a three dollar bill. The concept always was about privatizing schools to...
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You want to decode Bill’s brain? Look at his family’s wealth. Look at his upbringing. Look at his medical records. (Credit: flickr / cc / world economic forum) Views
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Inside Bill Gates’ Hubris: Propaganda to Make America Neoliberal Again
Once upon a time, the world was run by rich men. And all was good. But then the world was conquered by other rich men. And that is something the first group of rich men could not allow. That is the reason behind Netflix's new film "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates." The three-part...
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Sunday, August 25, 2019
Blaming Schools for Student Absences Is Like Denouncing Doctors for Disease
If something is wrong with children, it must be the school’s fault. Right? If kids can’t read, write and do ‘rithmetic, the teachers must not have taught ’em right . It couldn’t have anything to do with home life, generational poverty, economic inequality and systemic racism . Except that it almost...
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Instead of reducing the numbers of children who can get free meals, Sanders wants to increase the numbers to include everyone. (Photo: USDA/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty
There are few things as bad as a hungry child. Hunched over an aching stomach as the school day creeps toward its end, one in six children go hungry in America today. It’s harder to learn when you’re malnourished and in pain—especially for children. It should be harder for adults to let them go...
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We need people. Real live people who can come into our schools and do the actual work with students. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 03, 2019
The Best School Innovation Would Be More People
Public schools thrive on innovation. In nearly every classroom around the country you’ll find teachers discovering new ways to reach students and foster skills, understanding and creativity. But if you pan out to the macro level, the overwhelming majority of innovations aren’t organic. They’re...
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Saturday, April 06, 2019
Standardized Testing is a Tool of White Supremacy
Let’s say you punched me in the face. I wouldn’t like it. I’d protest. I’d complain. And then you might apologize and say it was just an accident. Maybe I’d believe you. Until the next time when we met and you punched me again. That’s the problem we, as a society, have with standardized tests. We...
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As much as I want a raise, I’m doubtful Harris’ plan would actually accomplish much other than selling my soul to the testocracy.(Photo: Steven Singer) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Sell Your Soul to the Testocracy: Kamala Harris’s Faustian Teacher Raises
I love the idea of Kamala Harris’ plan to give teachers a pay raise. But once we get past ideas, it’s way more troubling . The California Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful is proposing a $13,500 pay increase for the average teacher , with the exact number based on the size of each state’s...
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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Who’s Afraid of Public Schools?
Public schools are the bogeymen of American life. We so often hear the bedtime story of “Failing Schools” that it’s no wonder some folks will do anything to ensure their kids get in elsewhere. And let’s be honest. It’s the same impulse behind the latest college admissions cheating scandal . A group...
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Sunday, March 03, 2019
Betsy DeVos' Right-Wing School Indoctrination Program
What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology? You get rid of thinking people. That's Betsy DeVos' plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.
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Monday, February 11, 2019
Rahm Emanuel’s Non-Apology Apology for Being a School Privatization Cheerleader
Rahm Emanuel’s recent op-ed in The Atlantic may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read. The title— “I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor” —seems to imply Emanuel has finally seen the light. The outgoing Chicago Mayor USED TO subscribe to the radical right...
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