RADIO INTERVIEW: Busted Pencils Episode 44: Are Teachers Allowed to Write Books? with Garn Author Steven Singer

Steven Singer is the author of Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform. Now available on AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound (local bookstore),  10% of profits will be donated to the Badass Teachers Association (BATs). BATs aim to reduce excess testing, increase teacher autonomy, and include teacher-family voices in legislative processes that affect students. Learn more about BATs.

Featured Busted Pencils Interview with author Steven Singer

BustED Pencils talks to teacher, blogger, and now book writer Steven Singer.  Steven’s new book—The Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reformis out and he’s talking about it (interview starts 10:00).


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Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform

Book: The Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform
Author: Steven Singer
246 pages,  $17.95
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & NobleIndieBound (local bookstores) | Books-A-Million
Paperback: 978-1-942146-67-4
eBook: 978-1-942146-68-1 (December 21, 2017)

About the Book

Talk, talk, talk. There’s an awful lot of talk about public education in America today. Have you ever wondered if even half of it is true?

For example, have you ever wondered if our public schools are really failing or if they might actually be some of the best in the world? Have you ever wondered if “School Choice” was actually about giving someone else more options and reducing freedom for you and your children? Ever wondered about the relationship between standardized testing and Nazi eugenics? How about if teachers unions should be doing more to fight for students’ civil rights? And now that we’re talking about it, why do white people sometimes snicker at black names? And how can you protect your children from toxic testing? Why does Common Core still exist? What’s it mean to be racist in America today? And why do the rich need racists?

If so, then you’re cordially invited on a fantastic journey where few have gone before: into the mind of a public school teacher. Become a fly on the wall in our public school system. See what few non-professionals have seen before. It’s an eye-opening experience guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers, but you’ve been warned: this is the work of a gadfly.

Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform. Now available on AmazonBarnes & Noble. 10% of profits will be donated to the Badass Teachers Association (BATs). 

Book Endorsements and Reviews

“Steve Singer has been both a voice of truth and a stinging critic pointing out the deep flaws in the logic and propaganda floated by the apostles of privatization and corporate education reform.” – Yohuru R. Williams

“Steven Singer, a classroom teacher in Pennsylvania, may be the wisest and most eloquent voice we have defending public education from its many enemies. His moral compass in unfailingly sound, and his sympathies always on the side of the marginalized and forgotten. His work has been a beacon of light for students and teachers in a difficult time.” – Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University

“As a teacher educator I have been searching for a book written by a teacher that exposes the privatization of public education and pushes back against racist school policies and practices. I look forward to having my students learn from Steven Singer and I am sure this will be one required text they enjoy!” – Denisha Jones, Professor of Curriculum Theory, Pre-school Education and Teacher Education at Trinity Washington University

“Here’s the best of what you missed in one place. Inspiring and infuriating, Steven Singer is one of the best education bloggers of this generation.” – Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Sacramento State University,

“Steven Singer is a teacher for all of us, and this book has lessons we should take to heart. His writing describes and demolishes the madness of modern education “reform.” It is a breath of fresh air, and should be in every teachers’ lounge and legislative office in the country.” – Anthony CodyEducation activist, teacher, and author of The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation

“In these troubled and troubling times, there is no one who writes more passionately about public education, teachers, and the struggle for justice and equity than Steve Singer. Gadfly on the Wall is an essential part of any education blogroll.” – Peter Greene, Education Blogger and teacher, Curmudgucation Blog

“Thought-provoking. A concise source of valuable information, and definitely worth preserving in book form.” – Mercedes Schneider, PhD.,, Teacher, researcher, and two-time Grawemeyer Award in Education nominee, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools? and School Choice: The End of Public Education?

“Steve Singer is one of the nation’s most important pro-public education bloggers.  Singer’s Insightful, perceptive, informative and powerful posts are helping to educate, persuade and mobilize people to fight back against the charter school industry and those seeking to privatize public education in the United States.” – Jonathan Pelto, Founder/Coordinator of the Education Bloggers Network

“Steve Singer writes from the front lines of the public school wars with wit and intelligence. Channeling the justified outrage of a classroom teacher under attack from budget cuts and neoliberal reforms, Singer bears witness to what is happening to his students and our system of public education more broadly.” – Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies and Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, author of the Yinzercation blog

“Steven Singer speaks the truth about the detriment of education “deform.” His voice is a powerful one for children, teachers, and communities.” – Marla Kilfoyle, Executive Director, The Badass Teachers Association

“In this collection of essays, Singer’s distinctive voice, steeped in empathy for children and enthusiasm for good teachers and good teaching, shines through as persuasive, provocative and well-informed. All of those interested in the pernicious impact of testing, school choice, and racism on our public education institutions will want to read this book, in fact, anyone who has a child in public schools, hopes to one day send a child to public schools, or has ever attended a public school needs to read this book.” – Russ Walsh, Teacher, author of The Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Centuryand blogger at Russ on Reading.

About the Author: Steven Singer

Steven Singer is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in western Pennsylvania. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and has an MAT from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Director of the Research and Blogging Committee for the Badass Teachers Association, and is co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based education budget advocacy group T.E.A.C.H. (Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt).

He ran a successful campaign through against the since repealed Voter ID law in the Keystone State. He joined United Opt Out as an administrator in 2016. He is a member of the Education Bloggers Network.

His writing on education and civil rights issues has appeared in the Washington PostEducation Week, the LA ProgressiveCommondreams.orgPortside Navigator and has been featured on Diane Ravitch’s site. He blogs at gadflyonthewallblog. Follow on Twitter @StevenSinger3.

Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform. Now available on AmazonBarnes & Noble. 10% of profits will be donated to the Badass Teachers Association (BATs). 

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