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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We need people. Real live people who can come into our schools and do the actual work with students. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 03, 2019
The Best School Innovation Would Be More People
Public schools thrive on innovation. In nearly every classroom around the country you’ll find teachers discovering new ways to reach students and foster skills, understanding and creativity. But if you pan out to the macro level, the overwhelming majority of innovations aren’t organic. They’re...
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Saturday, April 06, 2019
Standardized Testing is a Tool of White Supremacy
Let’s say you punched me in the face. I wouldn’t like it. I’d protest. I’d complain. And then you might apologize and say it was just an accident. Maybe I’d believe you. Until the next time when we met and you punched me again. That’s the problem we, as a society, have with standardized tests. We...
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As much as I want a raise, I’m doubtful Harris’ plan would actually accomplish much other than selling my soul to the testocracy.(Photo: Steven Singer) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Sell Your Soul to the Testocracy: Kamala Harris’s Faustian Teacher Raises
I love the idea of Kamala Harris’ plan to give teachers a pay raise. But once we get past ideas, it’s way more troubling . The California Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful is proposing a $13,500 pay increase for the average teacher , with the exact number based on the size of each state’s...
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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Who’s Afraid of Public Schools?
Public schools are the bogeymen of American life. We so often hear the bedtime story of “Failing Schools” that it’s no wonder some folks will do anything to ensure their kids get in elsewhere. And let’s be honest. It’s the same impulse behind the latest college admissions cheating scandal . A group...
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Sunday, March 03, 2019
Betsy DeVos' Right-Wing School Indoctrination Program
What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology? You get rid of thinking people. That's Betsy DeVos' plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.
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Monday, February 11, 2019
Rahm Emanuel’s Non-Apology Apology for Being a School Privatization Cheerleader
Rahm Emanuel’s recent op-ed in The Atlantic may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read. The title— “I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor” —seems to imply Emanuel has finally seen the light. The outgoing Chicago Mayor USED TO subscribe to the radical right...
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At best, these institutions are the grade school equivalent of the University of Phoenix – good only for independent, self-motivated learners. At worst, they’re the kiddie version of Trump University – a total scam.(Photo: Gadflyonthewall) Views
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Ten of 15 Cyber Charter Schools in PA Are Operating Without a Charter–Close Them All
Cyber charters schools are an experiment that failed. It’s time to pull the plug and recoup our losses . First, let’s get straight exactly what we’re talking about here. Like all charter schools, these are contracted institutions. In fact, that’s what charter means – they’re independent businesses...
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Too many Democrats inside and outside the district don’t support the very idea of public schools. They’d rather boost privatization.(Phooto: NPE Action/Twiiter) Views
Monday, January 14, 2019
LA Teachers Strike Is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing
On Monday more than 30,000 teachers at 900 schools in Los Angeles, California, will be on strike . And unlike the wave of teachers strikes last year in red states like West Virginia , this time educators are taking to the streets due to the policies of Democrats. At issue are things like lowering...
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The education insurgency was more than even getting candidates elected. It was also about changes in policy. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher?
This year teachers took their mission way beyond the classroom. Starting in West Virginia, we staged half-a-dozen walkouts in red states across the country demanding a better investment in children’s educations and often getting it. Then we took that momentum and stormed our state capitals and...
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Charter school teachers in Chicago are striking Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Charter School Lobby Silent as Charter Teachers Continue Strike
Charter school teachers in Chicago are in their fourth day of a strike . Yet I wonder why the leaders of the charter movement are quiet. Where is Peter Cunningham of the Education Post ? Where is Shaver Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform ? Not a word from Campbell Brown or Michelle Rhee ?...
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