Last updated on: 7/14/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Alan Singer, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Social Studies at Hofstra University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“Based on my own experience as a New York City public school teacher, I am a strong advocate of tenure. While it protects the less than satisfactory by requiring that due process be followed before they can be removed, it also protects exceptionally good teachers from being undermined and removed by administrators anxious to cover their own rear ends and blustering politicians‚Ķ

I organized student clubs that testified at public hearings against budget cuts in education and in favor of condom availability in schools. Club members organized debates on reproductive freedom and informational meetings on the Sandinista in Nicaragua, the meaning of Islam, equal rights for gays, and the importance of the census. Sometimes my actions brought me into conflict with ‘colleagues’ and administrators…

What protected me was better than average scores on standardized tests by my students, the fact that I worked in very difficult schools by choice, the school and departmental administrators who respected what I did, and tenure, which made it virtually impossible to remove a teacher without documented evidence of malfeasance or incompetence.”

“Why Tenure for Teachers Is Important,” huffingtonpost.com, Feb. 24, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Social Studies, School of Education and Allied Human Services, Hofstra University
  • Director, Social Studies Education, Hofstra University
  • Editor, Social Science Docket
  • Former teacher, Social Studies, Franklin K. Lane High School
  • Former teacher, Social Studies, Edward R. Murrow High School
  • Blogger, Huffington Post
Education:
  • PhD, US History, Rutgers University, 1982
  • MA, City College New York, 1973
  • BA, City College New York, 1971
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?