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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The victims are honored outside the Tree of Life Synagogue Views
Saturday, November 03, 2018
The World Mourns for Jews After Pittsburgh’s Synagogue Shooting. What About Other Targets of Hate?
When a white supremacist killed 11 people and wounded 6 others at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend, the world took notice. Lights dimmed at the Eiffel Tower and Empire State building . Candlelight vigils were held nationwide – including in Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New...
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“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Views
Saturday, October 27, 2018
The Pittsburgh Community is Stronger Than the Synagogue Shooter’s Hate
There’s a popular yard sign in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In bands of green and blue and yellow, it projects the same message in Spanish, English and Arabic: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” If the community had a motto, I think that might be it...
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public edu Views
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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schoolboy protester Views
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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 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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