Paul L Thomas

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About Paul L Thomas EdD

Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Education (Furman University, Greenville SC), taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He is a column editor for English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English) and series editor for Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Sense Publishers), in which he authored the first volume, Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010). He has served on major committees with NCTE and co-edits The South Carolina English Teacher for SCCTE

From “Bad” Teachers to Teachers as Cheaters: The Burden of the Impossible

By >P. L. Thomas, Ed.D. | Originally Published at The Becoming Radical. April 3, 2015 | Illustration Credit; AngertAesthetics (Betsy L. Angert). The guilty verdict in the Atlanta cheating scandal seems to be a logical conclusion to the “bad” teacher myth confronted nearly five years ago by [...]

From “Bad” Teachers to Teachers as Cheaters: The Burden of the Impossible 2016-11-29T17:37:16+00:00

Coach K, Sports Fandom, and More on My Redneck Past

From early childhood through young adulthood, my wife and I lived lives dedicated to sports—she a real and successful athlete (state champion, MVP, honorable mention All-American), and me a sincere, hard-working wanna-be. Our daughter was born in 1989, and I am sure we almost [...]

Coach K, Sports Fandom, and More on My Redneck Past 2016-11-29T17:37:22+00:00

Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D. | Originally Published at The Becoming Radical. December 21, 2014 That’s me in the corner. “Losing My Religion,” R.E.M. The Christmas season has always been the lowest point of the year for me. It has taken years and years to [...]

Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust 2016-11-29T17:37:26+00:00

Stop Blaming Poor Parents for Their Children’s Vocabulary

By Paul Thomas | Originally Published at The Conversation. November 10, 2014 | He’s been reading for months already. Mother and child via Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock While the reading wars in education have raged for decades, most people agree that literacy is crucial for children and that the [...]

Stop Blaming Poor Parents for Their Children’s Vocabulary 2016-11-29T17:37:31+00:00

Karma, Tested by the Universe, or The Day I Did Not Kill My Dog

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D. | Originally Published at The Becoming Radical. November 6, 2014 This past summer we had to put down both our dear chocolate lab Hershey and one month later our black lab Scout (named by her breeder after the To Kill A Mockingbird [...]

Karma, Tested by the Universe, or The Day I Did Not Kill My Dog 2016-11-29T17:37:31+00:00

Enough Talk About Grit; It’s Time to Talk About Privilege

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D | Originally Published at AlterNet. November 3, 2014 Lessons that promote 'effort' as a mask for privilege do far more harm to our students than good. When it comes to academic success, what matters most: effort – or something altogether different? [...]

Enough Talk About Grit; It’s Time to Talk About Privilege 2016-11-29T17:37:32+00:00

There is No Debate About Hitting Children – It’s Just Wrong

By Paul Thomas, Furman University | Originally Published at the The Conversation. October 24, 2014 | Adrian Peterson has been indicted for injury to a child. Arvee5.0, CC BY US sports continue to struggle with the controversies surrounding Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, and the arrest of [...]

There is No Debate About Hitting Children – It’s Just Wrong 2016-11-29T17:37:32+00:00