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, 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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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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 father and son from Honduras Views
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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"Facebook controls what users see." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Facebook is Censoring Your Favorite Bloggers
Have you seen me? Probably not. In fact, you’re probably not even seeing this right now. Though you may have read and enjoyed my articles in the past, though you may still want to have the opportunity to see and enjoy my posts in the future, you probably aren’t seeing them anymore. The reason?...
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A multiple choice test Views
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Grades and Test Scores Don’t Matter. A Love of Learning Does.
My daughter probably would be shocked to discover what I truly think about grades. They don’t matter all that much . The other day she brought home a pop quiz on sloths from her third grade class. It had a 40% F emblazoned on the top in red ink. I grabbed the paper from her book bag and asked her...
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"She deserves outrage, but because of her lack of morality, not her political party." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, April 13, 2018
In Trump’s America, You No Longer Need to Pretend to be Against School Segregation
School segregation is kind of like war. When asked point blank, no one wants to admit to liking it. To paraphrase Motown singer songwriter Edwin Starr : “Segregation. Huh, Good God. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” However, when it comes to supporting actual integration programs or even...
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Kids in Lockdown Views
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Don’t Let School Lockdown Drills Become the New Normal
I got an interesting phone call the other day from my daughter’s elementary school. The counselor warned me that my little one’s class would conduct a lockdown drill – the first the kids had ever experienced. With everything in the news about school shootings and the gun debate , the superintendent...
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