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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"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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MLK Public Education Views
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Public Schools Best Fulfill Dr. King’s “Purpose of Education”
What is the purpose of education? Is it to train the next generation of workers? Or is it to empower the next generation of citizens ? Is it to give children the skills necessary to meet the needs of business and industry? Or is it to provide them the tools to self-actualize and become the best...
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"The board is fighting to give the superintendent a $38,000 raise. Yet they refuse to give another penny to teachers – all while class sizes have jumped from 21 to 29 students, according to Hargrave." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
When You Mistreat Teachers, Beware the Unintended Lessons for Students
We’ve all seen the shocking video from Vermillion Parish in Louisiana this week where a teacher is tackled to the ground and arrested because she asked a question to the school board. It’s a gross abuse of power that brings up many issues: Public servants responding to the public with violence...
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