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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Saturday, September 08, 2018
There Is Virtually No Difference Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Charter Schools
Stop kidding yourself. Charter schools are a bad deal.
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"In my years in the classroom, I’ve helped a lot of kids get better test scores. But that’s not why they come up to me. That’s not why they remember me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, August 27, 2018
No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores
It’s the day before school begins. I’m out to eat with my family and have just taken a big bite of a juicy beef taco. That’s when I notice someone standing right next to me at the restaurant. So I raise my eyes upward, a meat filled tortilla overfilled with lettuce and beans hanging from my mouth,...
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
This Wall Street PAC Bankrolling Democrats Thinks Being Progressive Means Mirroring Betsy DeVos
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) put out a new video about what they think it means to be an education progressive. And by the political action committee’s definition, Betsy DeVos may be the most “progressive” education secretary ever. She champions “public charter schools.” Just like them !...
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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Wealth—Not Enrollment in Private School—Increases Student Achievement, According to New Study
Students enrolled in private schools often get good grades and high test scores. And there’s a reason for that – they’re from wealthier families. "If we really want to help our children, the solution is not increased privatization. It is increased funding and support for anti-poverty programs,...
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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Don’t Tread on Me, But Let Me Tread All Over You: The Credo of Personal Freedom and Limitless Greed
Every neighborhood has one. A yellow flag showing a coiled spring of a snake above the motto, “Don’t Tread on Me.” In my usually well-manicured suburb, you’ll find it waving bravely over the garbage house. "The snake is coiled and ready to strike but it is pointed in the wrong direction." There’s...
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Teachers Views
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The Necessity and Importance of Teachers
Are teachers necessary? That’s the question big business is asking. Well, “asking” isn’t really the right word. They’re implying an answer. Hedge fund mangers and ed tech soothsayers are betting hundreds of millions of dollars that educators aren’t really all that important. They’re planning a...
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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Antwon Rose’s Life Matters
Antwon Rose could have been my student. I teach 7 th and 8 th grade language arts in a district located minutes away from where the 17-year-old was shot and killed by police. East Pittsburgh, the neighborhood where his car was stopped and where he ran from officers before being shot three times in...
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Sunday, June 17, 2018
This Father's Day, Let's Be Worthy of Our Children
A country that doesn't respect the rights of parents—even if those parents aren't documented U.S. citizens—has no right to pretend it values fatherhood or motherhood
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Saturday, June 02, 2018
Dear Betsy DeVos, I Will *Never* Report My Students to ICE
Teachers fill a lot of roles in our public schools. We’re mentors to kids in need. We’re aides to students struggling with new concepts and skills . We’re homework-givers, pencil-providers, idea-encouragers, lunch-buyers, scrape-bandagers, hand-holders, hug-givers, good listeners, counselors,...
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Charter schools have turned our children into the products of businesspeople. Enough. (Photo: AgainstAusterity.org) Views
Sunday, May 27, 2018
The Best Charter School Cannot Hold a Candle to the Worst Public School
There are good charter schools. I admit that. There are bad public schools. I admit that, too. But if one had to choose between the worst public school and the best charter school , you’d still be better off with the public school . Does that sound crazy? Does it sound ideological, partisan, or...
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