P. L. Thomas, EdD
Professor of Education
Furman University, Greenville SC


Thomas 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—Comics and Graphic Novels: Challenging Genres (2010)—edited Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Challenging Genres (2013), and co-edited with A. Scott Henderson James Baldwin: Challenging Authors (2014). He has served on major committees with NCTE, and has been named Council Historian (2013-2015), and formerly served as co-editor for The South Carolina English Teacher for SCCTE. Recent books include Beware the Roadbuilders (Garn Press),  Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education (Information Age Publishing, 2012) and Parental Choice?: A Critical Reconsideration of Choice and the Debate about Choice (Information Age Publishing, 2010). He has also published books on Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, and Ralph Ellison. His scholarly work includes dozens of works in major journals—English Journal, English Education, Souls, Notes on American Literature, Journal of Educational Controversy, Journal of Teaching Writing, and others. His commentaries have been included in Room for Debate (The New York Times), The Answer Sheet (Washington Post), The Guardian (UK), truthout, Education Week, The Daily Censored, OpEdNews, The State (Columbia, SC), The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) and The Greenville News (Greenville, SC). His work can be followed at the becoming radical (blog) and @plthomasEdD on twitter.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. I am about to return to live in SC after living abroad for 25 years. Actually I have not lived in the South for over 35 years. This site makes me think that there are people like me around. I’m an artist and filmmaker and I wonder if any other like minded folks might be interested in making another film? I’m thinking that those who want to see change come to SC education should try as hard as they can to get the facts out. What do you think? Ron Hagell – r.hagell@gmail.com

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  8. I had to post your blog address on my Facebook feed, again, today. I fear for public education, in Iowa as well as nation-wide, since analyses I’ve seen don’t have a broad-enough base to be valuable. I value your emphasis on socioeconomics. Don’t quit raising dust.

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  10. Your entry: “Education Reform: Warnings Confirmed, But Lessons Learned?” was spot on.
    I’m local editor of a small Midwestern weekly, about to go part time, who attends the local public school-board meetings, a parent of two bright kids who successfully navigated the waters of home-school/public/private education (You’ll have to ask them, since my opinion is skewed, I’m sure) and one who has vowed to keep learning. You’re experience in education (and as a bicycler) has given you the kind of insight most needed: socio-economic realities are a huge part of the process of cultivating learning, not to mention the results of research into the learning process.
    I’ve railed for years (going on 30) about “quick fixes” handed down from the thin air of state and national capitals, editorialized and sympathized with educators who are burdened with top-down approaches that evaporate, only to be replaced with other misguided notions about how kids learn and the environments we need to encourage to cultivate that learning.
    Dang, there I go editorializing (and heavens, such long sentences!). I meant to ask if I could post a link to this entry on my Facebook page.
    Keep up the good work.

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