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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"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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"We take teachers for granted. We value the work they do but not the people who do that work." (Photo: John Raby/AP) Views
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Testing Corporations Rake in Cash While Teachers Sell Plasma to Survive
If you want to get rich in education, don’t become a teacher. Open a charter school or take a job at a testing corporation. Sure, charter schools are elaborate scams to make money off children while providing fewer services. Sure, standardized tests are just corporate welfare that labels poor and...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
21 Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos
Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. The above exchange from Sunday night’s "60 Minutes "interview highlights an important point about our Education...
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"They’re doing the best they can. But it doesn’t end up stopping the addiction." (Photo: Gadflyonthewallblog) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
When Students Stay Up All Night Playing Fortnite and You’ve got to Teach Them in the Morning
There is something monstrously unfair about our teacher evaluation systems . If your students fail because they were up all night playing video games, it’s your fault. Seriously. When students fail at academic tasks, there is no responsibility attributed to the students, no responsibility...
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"But what do you expect from a society that worships wealth? Just as money is our god, the economists are our clergy." (Photo: Gadflyonthewallblog) Views
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Economists Don’t Know Crap About Education
I hate to be blunt here, but economists need to shut the heck up. Never has there been a group more concerned about the value of everything that was more incapable of determining anything’s true worth. They boil everything down to numbers and data and never realize that the essence has evaporated...
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"From this day forward, let us always remember what they did to New Orleans. Let us remember what they are trying to do to Puerto Rico." (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Crippled Puerto Rico Offered School Privatization as Quick Fix for Woes
You’re Puerto Rico’s school system. More than five months since a devastating hurricane hit the island’s shores , some 270 schools are still without power. Roughly 25,000 students are leaving with that number expected to swell to 54,000 in four years . And that’s after an 11-year recession already...
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"At most, it casts doubt on the entire process of high stakes standardized testing." Views
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Few Kids in the World Can Pass America’s Common Core Tests, According to New Study
Could you jump through a hoop? Probably if it were lying on the ground. But what if it were held slightly higher? Let’s say waist high? Sure. Shoulder height? Maybe with some practice. How about if we raised the hoop to the rafters of a three story auditorium? Could you jump through THAT? No. Of...
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