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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Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Why Does Trump Hate COVID Testing But Love Standardized Testing?
When it comes to COVID-19, Donald Trump sure hates testing. But when it comes to public schools, his administration simply adores standardized testing. Why the discrepancy? Why is testing for a virus during a global pandemic bad, but giving students a multiple choice test during the chaos caused by...
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Schoolchildren wearing protective mouth masks and face shields attend a course in a classroom at Claude Debussy college in Angers, western France, on May 18, 2020 after the country eased Covid-19 lockdown measures. (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 03, 2020
We're Talking About Human Life Here. Unsafely Reopening Schools Is No Solution at All
Opening schools unsafely will not solve any of our problems. In every case, it will make them worse. Students don’t learn a lot when their teachers are in quarantine. Children generally receive less socialization when their parents are hospitalized. Kids with special needs will receive few...
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The safest course is to continue with distance learning in the fall despite the numerous academic problems with that method of instruction. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) Views
Friday, July 10, 2020
Do Not Play Russian Roulette With the Lives of Our Children and Teachers
Are you responsible for gambling with another person’s life? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says “yes.” Back in 1947, James Malone, 17, and William Long, 13, played a version of Russian Roulette during a sleepover. Malone stole a revolver from his uncle and Long sneaked into his father’s room and...
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Forgo the tests and teach the curriculum. Views
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Public Schools Can Recover from the COVID-19 Quarantine by Skipping High Stakes Tests
There is one plus from being sick during a global pandemic. You get perspective. While all the schools in Pennsylvania are closed for at least the next two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (colloquially known as the Coronavirus), I self-quarantined a day early. No, I don’t think I have the...
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Human beings aren’t robots. We can’t just sit at our desks and work. We have all these pointless meetings, frivolous emails and phone calls, co-worker discussions, disruptions and distractions. (Photo: Flickr/Whitter Wang) Views
Friday, February 21, 2020
Don't Extend Kids' School Day; Shorten Parents' Work Week
It’s rough being the parent of an American school student. You often leave for work before your kids have even made it to school yet—and you get home long after they’ve returned. When exactly are you supposed to parent ? Your kids have to get themselves to school. They have to get themselves home...
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Who Will Protect My Right NOT to Pay for Your Child’s Religious Education? Views
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Who Will Protect My Right NOT to Pay for Your Child’s Religious Education?
When I was a kid back in middle school, I had a crush on this girl, let’s call her Patty. She wasn’t the most popular or beautiful girl in class, but I kinda’ liked her. Of course, she had no idea I was alive. Or so I thought, until one day she walked straight up to my desk and started rubbing my...
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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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