PODCAST: Empowerment Starts Here Episode 10: The Case of Critical Literacy with Author P.L. Thomas
In this episode (Ep10), Empowerment Starts Here with Dr. Paul Thomas in the Case of Critical Literacy.
As you listen, you will hear Dr. Thomas interrogate the difference between intention and impact as relating to messages we speak. You will also hear him question the joys that come from traditional rhetoric and the pain that we experience when that rhetoric is unpacked. Finally you will hear him challenge the racial bias he’s associated with phrases like grit and growth mindset and make us think about education and reform in a new light.
About P.L. Thomas
Paul Thomas is a recipient of NCTE’s George Orwell Award and author of Beware The Roadbuilders: Literature As Resistance; Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America; and contributing author to United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance. He engages the public in the most profound and controversial topics of our day. His commentaries have been published in AlterNet, The Conversation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Truthout, Education Week, The Daily Censored, OpEdNews, The State, The Charlotte Observer, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) and The Greenville News.
His scholarly work has been published in major journals—English Journal, English Education, Souls, Notes on American Literature, Journal of Educational Controversy, Journal of Teaching Writing, and others. He has published books on Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin; and his recent books include Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. (Information Age Publishing, 2012), Parental Choice? (Information Age Publishing, 2010), Becoming and Being a Teacher (Peter Lang USA, 2013), De-Testing and De-Grading Schools (Peter Lang USA, 2013) and Social Context Reform (Routledge, 2014).
He taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He has worked on major committees with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a column editor for English Journal published by NCTE, and currently serves as NCTE Council Historian (2013-2015). He is the series editor for the Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Sense Publishers), in which he authored the first volume—Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010)—and co-edited a volume on James Baldwin (2014). His work can be followed at Radical Eyes for Equity (blog) and @plthomasEdD on twitter.