Paul Lee Thomas II, Ed. D.
Furman University
Education Department
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 29613


Ed. D. (1998) Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina (1995-1998)                   

Masters +30 (1992) Non-degree, University of South Carolina

M. Ed. (1985) Secondary Education/ English, University of South Carolina (1984-85)
B. A. (1983) Secondary Education/ English, University of South Carolina-Spartanburg (1981-83)
            Cum Laude

A. A. (1981) Liberal Arts, Spartanburg Methodist College (1979-81)

Professional Experience:

Furman University, 2002-Present
Associate Professor of Education, tenured
English Education, Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction
First Year Seminar (various)
EDU 111: Perspectives in American Education
EDU 350: Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Grades 7-12
EDU 452: Teaching English in Grades 7-12
EDU 472: Practicum in Teaching
EDU 451/EDRD 748: Literature for Young Adults
EDU 460 Contemporary Issues in Education (co-taught)
EDRD 640 Current Trends in Literacy
EDRD 750 Reading and Writing as a Scholar
EDEP670: Teaching Internship, Induction Candidates

Woodruff High School, 1984-2002
English/ Language Arts, A. P. Literature and Composition, journalism, creative writing, drama, U.S. history
Department Chair (1989-2002)

Taught at the college level in a number of colleges and universities in South Carolina
(Information available upon request)

Professional Involvement:

Taboo:  The Journal of Culture and Education
Editorial Board

National Education Policy Center
Editorial Board

Peer Reviewer
English Education 2010
Notes on American Literature 2010-2011

Centennial Gallery
National Gallery of Writing

Editorial Board
Critical Pedagogy Today Series (Continuum)

Column Editor, English Journal
“Challenging Text”/ “Adventures with Text and Beyond”
Fall 2008-present

Series Editor, Sense
Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres

Reading Panel
ACT, Iowa City, IA
October 12, 2007

Series Editor, Peter Lang USA
Confronting the Text, Confronting the World: Bringing Writers into the Classroom

South Carolina Council of Teachers of English
Executive Committee (2003-present)
Co-Editor, Carolina English Teacher (2003-present)

National Council of Teachers of English
Standing Committee on the History of the Council (2001-2005)
Task Force on Council History (2006-present)

Publishing History:

(Refereed Journals)

Thomas, P. L. (2012, March). Challenging genre, medium and text—Students as authentic readers and writers. English Journal, 101(4), 90-93.

-----. (2011/2012, Fall/Winter). Universal public education—Our (contradictory) missions. Journal of Educational Controversy, 6(1).

-----. (2012, January). "A richer, not a narrower, aesthetic"—The rise of New Criticism in English Journal. English Journal, 101(3), 52-57.

------. (2011, December). Adventures in genre!: Rethinking genre through comics/graphic novels. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2(2), 187-201.

----. (2011, September). Revisiting LaBrant’s “Writing is more than structure” (English Journal, May 1957). English Journal, 101(1), 103-104.

-----. (2011). Orwellian educational change under Obama: Crisis discourse, Utopian expectations, and accountability failures. Journal of Inquiry & Action in Education, 4(1), 68-92. [invited]

-----. (2011, January). “A respect for the past, a knowledge of the present, and a concern for the future”: The role of history in English Education. English Education, 43(2), 123-144.

-----. (2010, July). The Payne of addressing race and poverty in public education: Utopian accountability and deficit assumptions of middle class America. Souls, 12(3), 262-283.

-----. (2010, Spring). Diving into genre—A case for literature as T(t)ruthNotes on American Literature, 19, 4-12.

-----. (2010, Winter). Of rocks and hard places—The challenge of Maxine Greene’s “mystification” in teacher education. Journal of Educational Controversy.

-----. (2009). The futility and failure of flawed goals: Efficiency education as smoke and mirrors. Power and Education, 1(2), 214-225.

-----. (2009, Fall). Shifting from deficit to generative practices: Addressing impoverished and all students. Teaching Children of Poverty, 1(1).

-----. (2009, May). Challenging texts (and other assumptions) in a digital age. “Challenging Texts.” English Journal, 98(5), 99-102.

-----. (2008, September). Reading with a political ax: Critical literacy for all students. “Challenging Texts.” English Journal, 98(1), 81-84.

-----. (2007, May). Of flattery and thievery: Reconsidering plagiarism in a time of virtual information. English Journal, 96(5), 81-84.

-----. (2006, January). Languages we don’t understand: Considering America through words born of ashes. English Journal, 95 (3), 96-99.

-----. (2005). Fostering composing pre-K and beyond—Avoiding the artificial nature of writing and teaching. Journal of Teaching Writing, 22 (1), 63-81.

-----. (2005, May). Grading student writing: High-stakes testing, computers, and the human touch. English Journal, 94 (5), 28-30.

-----. (2003, November). A call to action. English Journal, 93 (2), 67-69.

-----. (2003, July). When choice failed—Or did it? English Journal, 92 (6), 17-19.

-----. (2001, September). Standards, standards everywhere, and not a spot to think: Claiming authentic purposes for student reading and writing. English Journal, 91 (1), 63-67.

-----. (2000, September). “The struggle itself”—Teaching writing as we know we should. English Journal, 90 (1), pp. 39-45.

-----. (2000, January). Blueprints or houses?—Looking back at Lou LaBrant and the writing debate. English Journal, 89(3), pp. 85-89.

-----. (1999, Fall). The paradoxes of Lou LaBrant: Choreographer of the learner’s mind. Vitae Scholasticae, 18 (2), 35-54.

-----. (1999, Fall). A new honesty in education—Positivist measures in a postmodern world. Contemporary Education, 71 (1), 51-55.

-----. (1998, March). “It beckons, and it baffles—”: Resurrecting Emily Dickinson (and poetry) in the student-centered classroom. English Journal, 87 (3), 60-63.

-----. (1991, January). BooksearchThe Mosquito CoastEnglish Journal, 80 (1), 87.

-----. (1989, Fall). Teaching poetry as reader, writer, and editor. Oregon English, 11 (2B), 34.

(Book-length publications)

-----. (under contract). Challenging genres: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

-----. (2012). Ignoring poverty in the U. S.: The corporate takeover of public education. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

-----. (2010). Challenging genres: Comic books and graphic novels. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

-----. (2010). Parental choice?: A critical reconsideration of choice and the debate about choice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

-----. (2008)Reading, learning, teaching Ralph Ellison. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2007)Reading, learning, teaching Margaret Atwood. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2006)Reading, learning, teaching Kurt Vonnegut. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2005)Reading, learning, teaching Barbara Kingsolver. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2005). Teaching writing primer. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2004)Numbers games—Measuring and mandating American education. New York: Peter Lang USA.

-----. (2001). Vivid language: Writer as reader, reader as writer. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.

-----. (2001). Lou LaBrant: A woman’s life, a teacher’s life. Huntington, NY: Nova Science publishers, Inc.

(Non-refereed Journals, Book Chapters)

Thomas, P. L. (accepted). Radical scholar as public intellectual in a marketplace of ideas. In Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narrating for understanding, solidarity, resistance, and community in the age of Neoliberalism (TBD). Eds. E. A. Daniels & B. Porfilio. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

----. (2012). Muted voices, scripted texts: The silenced writing  curriculum in a high-stakes era. In H. Hickman & B.J. Porfilio (Eds.),  The new politics of the textbook: Critical analysis in the core content areas (pp. 179-192). Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

-----. (2012, April 2). Is technology in the classroom a waste of time? Yes. Junior Scholastic, 9.

-----. (2012). Daredevil: The man without fearElektra lives again; science fiction.  [entries]. In Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

-----. (2012). Writing community: Composing as transformation and realization. In R. C. Mitchell & S. A Moore (Eds.), Politics, participation & power relations: Transdisciplinary approaches to critical citizenship in the classroom and community (pp. 153-168). Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

-----. (2011). The educational hope ignored under Obama: The persistent failure of crisis discourse and utopian expectations. In P. R. Carr & B. J. Porfilio (Eds.), The phenomenon of Obama and the agenda for education: Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism? (pp. 49-72). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

-----. (2010). Comics and graphic novels. [entry]. In S. R. Steinberg, M. Kehler, & L. Cornish (Eds.), Boy Culture, vol. 2 (pp. 319-328). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.

-----. (2009). “No damn cat, and no damn cradle”: The fundamental flaws in fundamentalism according to Vonnegut. In D. Simmons (Ed.), New critical essays on Kurt Vonnegut (pp. 27-45). New York: Palgrave.

-----. (2007, Fall). “The most intimate of all teaching”—Bridging the great divide in writing instruction. The Wisconsin English Journal, 49(2), 11-19.

-----. (2007, Winter). Confronting public discourse and the silent classroom: Critical literacy and students as “active thinkers.” Statement, 43(2), 19-23.

-----. (2007). Expanding the feminist critical lens: Using children’s literature as a means for analyzing women’s literature. English Record, 57(2), 41-47.

-----. (2006). The cult of prescription—Or, a student ain't no slobbering dog. In J. Kincheloe & S. Steinberg (Eds.), What You Don’t Know about Schools (pp. 103-113). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

-----. (2005). Reading in the time of high-stakes testing: When teachers seek reading for understanding. New Jersey Journal of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 50, 29-39. [With Catherine Adams, Gina Barksdale, Susan Bostic, Nancy Camp, Peggy Groover, Mary Lu Hinner, Susan Lassiter, Yvonne Mason, and Erich Sturgill.]

-----. (2005, Fall). How tests fail our children—Reclaiming learning in our schools. Carolina English Teacher, 2-5.

-----. (2005, January). Winning teachers the respect they deserve. The Education Digest, 70 (5), 4-8.

-----. (2004, November). Reframing the teaching profession. Virginia Journal of Education, 98 (2), 7-10.

-----. (2004, October). The negative impact of testing writing skills. Educational Leadership, 62 (2), 76-79.

-----. (2004). The writer’s life—Inviting students to become authors. In (Ed.), Making connections: Students and authors on the same page (pp. 31-44). Amsterdam, NY: New York State English Council.

-----. (2003/2004). Choosing public schools—Why vouchers and choice fail American students and democracy. New Jersey Journal of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 47, 57-67.

-----. (2003). Our Rodney Dangerfield profession. In M. Scherer (Ed.), Keeping good teachers (pp. 195-201). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

-----. (2003, Fall). Feeding the tests, starving our ELA students. Carolina English Teacher, 3-4.

-----. (2003, Fall). When our students write, when our students read—The paradox of genre. Carolina English Teacher, 19-23.

-----. (2003, Spring). It’s not so simple—The reading/writing connection and our impoverished students. Virginia English Bulletin, 53 (1), 15-19.

-----. (2003, Winter). Facing the undoable: Becoming a teacher of writing. English Record, 53 (2), 20-24.

-----. (Dec 2002/Jan 2003). Reading and writing as ways of understanding in the content classroom. Classroom Leadership Online, 6 (4).

-----. (2002). Entry—Lou LaBrant. In The Encyclopedia of Education, 4. Second Edition. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

-----. (2002). Being honest about writing and individual freedom—Or, children, there ain’t no rules. In C. Moore & P. O’Neill (Eds.), Practice in Context: Situating the Work of Writing Teachers (pp. 149-157). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

-----. (2002, Fall). Our never-ending challenge—Lou LaBrant and PS 65. English Record, 53 (1), 17-21.

-----. (1996). When Wordsworth is too tame: Merging minority literature with the classics in the secondary language arts curriculum. In L. Cooke & H. C. Lodge (Eds.), Voices in English Classrooms: Honoring Diversity and Change, 28 (pp. 177-185). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

-----. (1992/1993). At the end: Moving towards reading and writing integration in high school language arts. Carolina English Teacher, 16-21.

-----. (1992, Spring). “A vivid and continuous dream”—Offering secondary students the framework for discovering their own fiction. Western Ohio Journal, 13 (1), 6-10.

-----. (1991). Maneuvering between the Scylla and Charybdis of writing instruction. Education Issues, 2 (1), 18-32.

-----. (1991, Spring). Exposing the universal through the diverse: The role of minority literature in the language arts curriculum. Western Ohio Journal, 12 (1), 58-61.

(Op-Ed Publications)

Thomas, P. L. (2012, September 16). Is poverty destiny?: Ideology v. evidence in education reform. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, September 14). Education "reformers" have evidence problem. Schools Matter.

-----. (2012, September 11). Teachers and the death of the American worker. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, September 9). Lost hope: Obama's failing education agenda. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, September 2). On "hostile rhetoric," laziness, and the education debate. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 26). Why tenure and unions?: On democracy and equity in the U.S. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 23). Educators have no political party. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 20). Six degrees of insanity: "Reforming education." AlterNet.

-----. (2012, August 14). Belief culture redux: (Social) Darwinism from the right. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 9). Blaming the mirror: Lolo Jones and U.S. public education. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 3). Whose justice? The Other and the middle-class cocoon. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, August 2). Linking teacher pay to test scores helps no one. The State.

-----. (2012, August 2). On algebra and lies we tell children (and ourselves). Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, July 27). WARNING: False premise equals false conclusion. Daily Kos.
-----. (2012, July 26). Why all the Khan-troversy? Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, July 23). Equity-based reform: Moving beyond accountability. Daily Censored.

-----. (2012, July 15). Time as capital: The rise of the frantic class. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, July 13). No excuses?: Giving power a pass. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, June 20). Test-based teacher evaluation earns an F, again. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, June 9). Does tone matter in the education reform debate? Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, June 4). Failing data in education reform. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, June 1). NCTQ unmasked. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, May 25). The states: More bully politics of education reform. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, May 23). Win-win, rising tides, and other shell games. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, May 19). The choice agenda exposed. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, May 17). What teachers don’t need (but are getting anyway). The Answer Sheet. Washington Post.

-----. (2012, May 13). I don't need standards to teach, I need students. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, May 11). Janus: God of politics? Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, April 29). Bi-partisan failure: Misreading education "gaps." Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, April 26). Politics and education don't mixThe Atlantic.

----. (2012, April 15). Who controls the table winsDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, April 6). Charter schools aren’t the right answerThe State.

-----. (2012, April 5). The bully politics of education reform. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, March 29). Adrienne Rich: Artist of the possibleDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, March 21). Successful school?: More than data, no miraclesDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, March 19). A new politics of human dignity, agency.  Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, March 6). Separate, unequal...and distractedDaily Kos. Reposted at truthout.

-----. (2012, February 27). The education games: Reform as double-speakDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, February 22). Education as "politically contested spaces." Daily Kos. Reposted at truthout.

-----. (2012, February 19). Do as I say, not as I do: Why authority failsDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, February 16). Rethinking teacher quality and metrics-maniaDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, February 13). Rotten to the (common) core. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, February 10). Professional betrayal on the heels of political betrayal. Schools Matter.

-----. (2012, February 8). Seeking equity: Not "if," but "how" and "why." Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, February 4). Daring to look behind the curtain: The drop-out crisis reduxDaily Kos. Reposted at The Daily Censored. Reposted at truthout

-----. (2012, January 30). Further confessions of an outlier. Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 28). 21st century teachers: Easy to hire, easy to fireDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 23). Universal public education is deadtruthout.

-----. (2012, January 20). Revisiting (more) lessons from South CarolinaDaily Kos

-----. (2012, January 17). Universal public education is dead: The rise of state schoolsDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 15). Accountability without autonomy is tyrannyDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 14). Organizations, no, community, yes: MLK Jr. Day 2012Daily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 13). 'Teach for America' overstates its classroom successCharleston Post and Courier.

-----. (2012, January 8). The corrosive power of stereotypes in politics and education. The Daily Kos. and The Daily Censored.

-----. (2012, January 8). Don't jump from NCLB frying pan to the fireThe Greenville News.

-----. (2012, January 6). Connecting the dots: The picture is uglyThe Daily Censored.

-----. (2012, January 3). A misguided use of money. Room for Debate. The New York Times. 

-----. (2012, January 3). Government "options": A contradiction in termsDaily Kos.

-----. (2012, January 2). Education and ranking: More lessons from South CarolinaSchools Matter.

-----. (2011, December 30). Unpacking TFA support: Twisted logic and assumptionsSchools Matter.

-----. (2011, December 27). Kurt Vonnegut reborn (well, maybe)Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 26). Social context reform: Where to startDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 22). Poverty matters!: Part 1 and Part 2The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, December 21). Christmas miracle 2011: Poverty matters! Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 19). Why "evidence-based" education failsDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 16). Confessions of an outlier. Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 14). "I don't believe that": Reforming the debate to reform educationDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 12). Tebow-mania and America's rose-colored glasses. Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, December 1). Teacher quality and accountability: A failed debateDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, November 30). "Paddle your own canoe"?: A case for educationDaily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter

-----. (2011, December 2). No. At Issue in CQ Researcher, p. 1017.

-----. (2011, November 21). "[N]ot the follow the line of least resistance." Daily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, November 15). Diversity and the rise of majority-minority schools. Daily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter and The Daily Censored. Reposted at truthout.

-----. (2011, November 10). Action v. inaction: The scholar-teacher imperativeDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, November 8). Poverty not destiny?: Masking corporate agendasDaily Kos

-----. (2011, October 30). Le Guin's "The ones who walk away from Omelas”: Allegory of privilegeDaily Kos. Reposted at The Daily Censored (2011, November 3).

-----. (2011, October 26). Don't jump from NCLB to more of the sameThe State. Published as Opt out of NCLB to pursue real education reform in The Greenville News (2011, October 30).

-----. (2011, October23). Testing support for TFA and KIPP: Whose children matter? Daily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, October 18). Click, Clack, Moo: Why the 1% always winsDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, October 11). Education in the Corporate States of America. Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, October 6). Idealism that blinds: Facing social and educational inequityDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, October 5). Top student crisis!: A call for trickle-down education reformDaily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter. Reposted at The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, October 2). NCLB: Strange bedfellows sprung from opting outDaily Kos. Reposted at Schools Matter

-----. (2011, September 26). "We hold these truths to be self-evident. . ."? Daily Kos. Reposted at The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, September 19). Numbers games: The great SAT and grade-inflation scamsDaily Kos. Reposted at NEPC.

-----. (2011, September 1). Navigating education claims: A primerDaily Kos. Reposted at The Answer Sheet (2011, September 13), NEPC (2011, September 2), and Larry Cuban's blog (2011, September 18).

-----. (2011, August 31). Michael Vick's America: Redemption of the pawnsThe Daily Censored. Also posted at Daily Kos

-----. (2011, August 28). Don’t ask schools to fix society’s problemsThe State. Also as Shift educational reform strategies in The Greenville News (2011, August 27).

-----. (2011, August 21). Childhood well-being: A mirror of the American characterDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, August 14). An honest proposal: End scholastic sport in the U.S. Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, August 10). Banning books the American WayDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, August 7). Poverty and testing in education: “The present scientifico-legal complex" pts. 1 and 2. Daily Kos. And at Schools Matter and The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, August 1). Teachers as radicals: After SOS, what now? Daily KosAlso at The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, July 27). The power and failure of coercion. Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, July 21). Cheating? How about the cheated. Daily Kos. Also posted at Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, July 15). Profiting from poverty?: InexcusableDaily Kos.

-----.  (2011, July 10). Breaking with traditionRoom for Debate. The New York Times. 

-----. (2011, July 7). Test-based accountability and international comparisons—Lessons ignored. The Daily Censored. Also posted at Daily Kos and truthout.

-----. (2011, July 1). Smells like. . .another strawman argumentDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, June 26). Why the achievement gap matters and will remainDaily Kos

-----. (2011, June 26). Bitter lessons from chasing better tests. Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, June 22). Strawman argument is all they have. Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, June 10). Public discourse about public discourse: Talking education reformDaily Kos. Cross-posted at Schools Matter.

-----. (2011, June 3). NBA finals and "No Excuses" charters. Daily Kos. Reposted at The Answer Sheet: NBA finals and ‘no excuses’ charter schools

-----.  (2011, May 30). Avoiding the poverty issueRoom for Debate. The New York Times. 

-----. (2011, May 9). "The children do notice." Daily Kos.

-----. (2011, May 6). Superman is fantasyteaching is realityDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, May 1). If there remains any questionDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, April 27). Shifting talking points among school choice advocatesDaily Kos.

-----. (2011, April 22). Why advocacy and market forces fail education reformtruthout.

-----. (2011, April 19). Standardized students, silenced teachers: The Un-American education agenda. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, April 11). Accountability? Start at the top.

-----. (2011, April 6). Meritocracy myth v. the advantages of privilege (A tale of hubris). The Daily Censored. 

-----. (2011, April 5). A case against standards. The Answer Sheet/Washington Post.

-----. (2011, March 27). Journalists, media fail education reform debate. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2011, March 18). Test scores fail students, teachers, but remain a political prop. The Daily Censored.
Reposted at The Answer Sheet/Washington PostHow test scores are used as a political prop

-----. (2011, March 13). "A question of power": Of accountability and teaching by numbers. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2011, March 7). My challenge to the false prophets of education reform. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, March 1). Ironic lessons in education reform from Bill Gates. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2011, February 27). Celebrity "common sense" reform for education--Legend of the fall pt. VI. The Daily Censored.  

-----. (2011, February 20). Investing in deform (vs reform) and (corporate) results.

-----. (2011, February 20). False claims drive two education reform ideas. The Greenville News.

-----. (2011, February 16). The great accountability and "world-class workforce" scam. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, February 8). Lessons in education from South Carolina? The Daily Censored. 

-----. (2011, February 4). The agenda behind teacher union-bashing. 

-----. (2011, February 3). Smarter ways to spend education dollars. The State

-----. (2011, January 26). Belief culture: "We don't need no education." truthout.

-----. (2011, January 23). "Top level kids" and accountability—A radical response.  The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, January 20). Speaking expert to celebrity in 2011—The education reform debate. OpEdNews

-----. (2011, January12). 21st century segregation: Inverting King's dream. The Daily Censored. also @ truthout 21st Century Segregation: Inverting King's Dream

-----. (2011, January 10). Supermen or kryptonite?—Legend of the fall, pt. V. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2011, January 8). Spend energy on S.C. students, not on more tests. The Greenville News.

-----. (2011, January 8). Defending the status quo?--False dichotomies and the education reform debate. OpEdNews.

-----. (2011, January 3). Calculating the Corporate States of America: Revisiting Vonnegut's Player PianoOpEdNews

-----. (2010, December 28). Wrong questions = wrong answers: Legends of the fall, pt. IV. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, December 26). Statistics obscuring real education challenge. The State.

-----. (2010, December 17). Fire teachers, reappoint Rhee: Legend of the fall, pt. III. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, December 16). Finnish envy.

-----.(2010, December 6). The truth about failure in US schools.

-----. (2010, December 2). The education celebrity tour: Legend of the fall, pt. II. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, November 28). Our faith in a "culture of poverty" never left. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, November 16). The corporate takeover of American schools.

-----. (2010, November 14). The teaching profession as a service industry. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, November 3). Our debate culture—Someone wins, but never the Truth. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, October 24). The politicians who cried "crisis." truthout.

-----. (2010, October 23). The (shifting) truth about charter schools. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, October 19). Legend of the fall: Snapshots of what's wrong in the education debate. The Daily Censored.

-----. (2010, October 16). "Don't ask, don't tell": There's a reason Captain America wears a mask. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, October 10). A tale of two films. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, October 6). Stop focusing on SAT. The State

-----. (2010, September 28). The great charter compromise: Masking corporate commitments in educational reform. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, September 21). 2020 vision for No Child Left in Poverty. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, September 10). "The truth is always hard to swallow"—And other ironies. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, September 6). Political reform must precede educational reform—Words Matter. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, August 27). Bitter lessons from chasing better tests. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, August 21). Brave words? No, but startling occasion(s). OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, August 21). Change the real "status quo" hurting education. The Greenville News.

-----. (2010, August 17). Reconsidering education "miracles." OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, August 14). Rugged individualism and our pursuit of education. OpEdNews.com

-----. (2010, August 11). Why common standards won't work. Education Week, 29(37), 33-34.

-----. (2010, June 19). Test scores aren't the most serious problem. The Greenville News.

-----. (2010, June 17). The paradox of teacher quality. The State.

-----. (2010, April 3). Reject misleading rhetoric about public education. The Greenville News.

-----. (2010, March 16). A smarter way to focus education dollars. The State.

-----. (2010, January 26). Bauer's comments reflect our own misconceptions. The State.

-----. (2009, December 6). New president, same failed education policy. The State.

-----. (2009, November 28). Misleading comparisons used in school debate. The Greenville News.

-----. (2009, September 1). Answering the question before it’s asked. The State.

-----. (2009, August 20). Understand the “research” about school choice. The Greenville News.

-----. (2009, June 18). Scripted education doesn't teach students how to think. The Greenville News.

-----. (2009, April 16). Take the politics out of schools. The State.

-----. (2009, March 1). When competition makes things worse. The State.

-----. (2009, February 7). Schooling must reflect society we envision. The Greenville News.

-----. (2009, January 3). Hypocrisy reigns in fixing blame for health, school ills. The Greenville News.

-----. (2008, December 6). Learn Latin, but not to raise SAT scores. The State(On-line Saturday Opinion Extra).

-----. (2008, September 26). Realism often lacking in education debate. The Greenville News.

-----. (2008, August 22). Crisis rhetoric, Utopian thinking and school “reform.” The State.

-----. (2008, June 30). Teaching credential hasn't been shown to be cost-effective education investment. The Greenville News.

-----. (2008, June 19). How test mania hinders learning. The State.

-----. (2008, May 16). A nation at risk of distorted school critiques. The State.

-----. (2008, April 19). Don’t blame schools for high school dropout rate. The Greenville News.

-----. (2008, January 29). Demographics play big role in school performance. The Greenville News.

-----. (2007, October 30). Schools can’t be panacea for all our problems. The Greenville News.

-----. (2007, September 28). Schools cant’ repair all of poverty’s ills. The State.

-----. (2007, September 3). U.S. Education Department plays games with statistics. The Greenville News.

-----. (2007, June 22). School consolidation may not fulfill promises. The Greenville News.

-----. (2007, June 13). Rethinking school accountability. The State.

-----. (2007, March 10). AP courses valuable when implemented properly. The Greenville News.

-----. (2007, January 18). Open enrollment a bad idea for S.C.’s public schools. The State.

-----. (2007, January 12). Addressing poverty key to improving public schools. The Greenville News.

-----. (2006, November 29). Students can only learn to write well by writing a lot. The Greenville News.

-----. (2006, September 3). The SAT is A) wildly overemphasized .... The State.

-----. (2006, August 26). Tests were never meant to prove anything conclusively. The Greenville News.

-----. (2006, June 25). S.C. must change way it treats poor students. The State.

-----. (2006, June 14). Public education ultimately is about securing our freedom. The Greenville News.

-----. (2006, February 23). Open enrollment plan assumes teachers are failing. The Greenville News.

-----. (2006, January 9). Computer-based testing just creates more problems. The Greenville News.

-----. (2005, October 5). Pledge of allegiance should come from the heart. The Greenville News.

-----. (2005, July 5). Our addiction to testing is failing our schools. The Greenville News.

-----. (2005, March 3). Consumerism, competition won’t cure our schools. The Greenville News.

-----. (2004, December 9). Parents should oppose back-door voucher plan. The Greenville News.

-----. (2004, September 20). Stop obsessing about SAT and look at what it’s telling us. The Greenville News.

-----. (2004, July 25). Can we afford numbers games that rule our schools? The Greenville News.

-----. (2004, March 28). Choice won’t solve the problems in our public schools. The Greenville News.

-----. (2003, October 21). Politicians should stay out of the business of running schools. The Greenville News.

-----. (2002, November 21) Can Vouchers Improve South Carolina Schools? The Greenville News.


Thomas, P. L. (2011, March). quiltingEnglish Journal, 100(4), 65.

-----. (2008, September). horaeEnglish Journal, 98(1), 15.

-----. (2008). billboard, drawn to two. In Ed. R. HarkaiStill Home: The Essential Poetry of Spartanburg (pp. 15-19). Spartanburg, SC: Hub City.

-----. (2008, Fall). aching, yellow wood to bare. root, 2(3), 21.

-----. (2007, Fall). mountain biking, upon hearing Adrienne rich speak and read her poetry. root, 1(2), 26-27.

-----. (2006, Spring). Wishing away the bars. James Dickey Newsletter, 22 (2), 41.

-----. (2003, Spring). rocks, scissors, paper—stoned. the echo, 11.

-----. (2002, November). Mary (sea of bitterness). English Journal, 92 (2), 118.

-----. (2001, May). Poetry showcase: if—pining, melting, leprosy, Mary (sea of bitterness), the death of us. drift, 1 (3), 29.

-----. (2001, January). michael has a beautiful voice. drift, 1 (2), 11.

-----. (2001, September). wishing away the bars, bones of contention, the me not me. drift,1 (1), 16, 18.

-----. (1998, Fall). blouses and skirts. The South Carolina Review31 (1), 138.

-----. (1997). Salvador Dali’s Daughter   Mine. Writers INC, 33.

-----. (1997, January). michael has a beautiful voice. The Carolinian, 29 (13), 12.

-----. (1996, Spring). etching The Old Red Kimono25, 45.

 -----. (1994). 3 1/2’s (three halves). Outerbridge (25), 74.

 -----. (1993, February). dairy road. South Carolina Writing Teacher, 3 (3), 4.

-----. (1992). don’t let your legs. Amelia: twenty, 12 (1), 158.

-----. (1990, Fall). She could. Cumberland Poetry Review, 10 (1), 48.

-----. (1989, Fall/Winter). Dairy road. Aura Literary/Arts Review27, 40-41.

-----. (1989, Fall). Dickey. Oregon English, 11 (2B), 35.

-----. (1987, January). Thoughts in silhouette. The Writer, 100 (1), 22-23.

-----. (1985)Nada y pues nada. The Piedmont Literary Review, 10 (3).


(Co-Authored/Edited Works)

Co-edited with Bower, J. (under contract). De-testing and de-grading schools: Authentic alternatives to accountability and standardization. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing.

Edited. (under contract). Becoming and being a teacher: Confronting traditional norms to create new democratic realities. New York: Peter Lang USA.

Co-authored with Schmidt, R. (2012). All that jazz: Doing and writing CQR in a material world. In G. S. Cannella & S. R. Steinberg (Eds.), Critical Qualitative Research (CQR) Reader (pp. 91-103). New York: Peter Lang USA.

Co-authored with Welchel, E. (2012). The practitioner has no clothes: Resisting practice divorced from philosophy in teacher education and the classroom. In Eds. J. Kincheloe & R. Hewitt, Regenerating the philosophy of education: Whatever happened to soul (pp. 43-54). New York: Peter Lang USA.

Co-authored with Schmidt, R., Johnson, S., Mitchell, D., & Thomas, T. (2009, Spring/Summer). “Let’s not play these kids cheap”—Generative literacy Practices for all children. Virginia English Bulletin, 59(1), 8-17.

Co-authored with Schmidt, R. (2009). Competition and education: How the market forces failure on and in our schools. Competition: A multidisciplinary analysis. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Co-authored with Schmidt, R. (2009). 21st century literacy: If we are scripted, are we literate? Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Co-authored with Kincheloe, J. L. (2006). Reading, writing, and thinking: The Postformal basics. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Co-authored with Welchel, E. (2005, Spring). The art from war—American classrooms and literary responses to war. Oregon English Journal, 27, (1), 26-29.

Co-authored with Shelley, A. C. (1996). Using metacognitive strategies to enhance learning in the English classroom. New England Reading Association Journal, 32 (2), 10-15.

Co-authored with Shelley, A. C. (1995, Winter). Righting the Reading and Writing Miscues of Adolescents Through Integrated Instruction: Research in the Classroom. Reading Instruction Journal, 38 (2), 36-43.

(Edited Volumes)

Stein, K. (2009). Reading, learning, teaching Toni Morrison. New York: Peter Lang USA.

Welchel, E. (2009). Reading, learning, teaching Howard Zinn. New York: Peter Lang USA.

Thesing, W. B. (2009). Reading, learning, teaching James Dickey. New York: Peter Lang USA.

Mason, Y. (2009). Reading, learning, teaching Clyde Edgerton. New York: Peter Lang USA.

Charles, J. (2007). Reading, learning, teaching N. Scott Momaday. New York: Peter Lang USA.



Thomas, P. L. (2011, November). "Silenced and Ignored—But Accountable?" Roundtable session as part of Teaching “Fruitfully and Creatively” under the Weight of Mandates: Our Past, Present, and Future at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2011, Chicago, IL.

-----. (2011, November). "Moving Forward by Looking Back: '[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance.'" Roundtable session as part of Researching and Writing about NCTE’s 100 Years at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2011, Chicago, IL.

-----. (2010, November). "Moving Forward by Looking Back: '[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance.'" Roundtable session as part of “What the Past Tells the Present: Researching and Writing about NCTE’s Centennial” at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2010, Orlando, FL.

-----. (2009, November). “Choices Offered, Choices Ignored: Lou LaBrant and the Historical Call for Choice in Student Reading.” Presentation given as part of “How Our History Helps Us Read between the Lines” at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2009, Philadelphia, PA.

-----. (2009, November). “’Talk about the Passion’: Reading Loved Authors again for the First Time.” Presentation given as part of “Talk about the Passion: The Reading Interests of Secondary Students” atthe National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2009, Philadelphia, PA.

-----. (2008, November). “Learning to Take Responsibility for One’s Own Reading: Lou LaBrant and the Enduring Value of Free Reading Programs.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2008, San Antonio, TX.

-----. (2008, November). “From Deficit to Generative Practices in Secondary Literature Study” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2008, San Antonio, TX. Also served as Chair for this round-table, “’Let’s Not Play These Kids Cheap’: Needed Shifts in ELA Practices.”

-----. (2007, November). Chair: “Writing across the Academy: The Rhetoric of Science, Public Discourse, and Classical Rhetoric.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2007, New York, NY.

-----. (2006, November). “The Compleat Cycle: Student, Writer, Teacher.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2006, Nashville, TN. Chair of session: Creating Space for Innovative Writing Assessments in Overly-Standardized ELA Curricula.

-----. (2005, November). “What Do They Want?—Navigating Between Accountability and Authenticity in Writing Instruction and Assessment.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2005, Pittsburg, PA.

-----. (2004, November). “Creating Our History—Gaining a Voice in National Council of Teachers of English, Our Field, and Beyond.” Also, Chair: “Lou LaBrant: A Voice, A Life.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2004, Indianapolis, IN.

-----. (2004, November). “If Rising Tides Lift All Boats, What about Those without Boats?” Paper prepared as part of a panel for the participants at the Association of Educational Service Agencies Annual Convention 2004, Kansas City, MO.

-----. [with Felicia Oliver, Dawn Mitchell, Brenda Davenport, Laurin Baker] (2002, November). “Creating a Site Leadership Team: Developing Leaders, Enriching Sites.” Presentation given to participants at the National Writing Project Annual Convention 2002, Atlanta, GA.

-----. [with Cindy Moore, Heather F. Bruce, Pavel Zemilansky, Katie Hupp Stahlnecker, Jeff Somers] (2002, November). “Practice in Context: Situating the Work of Writing Teachers.” Presentation given to participants at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2002, Atlanta, GA.

-----. (2001). “Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Presentation given to participants at the JCT Annual Convention 2001, Bergamo Center, Dayton, OH.


Thomas, P. L. (2012, March 9). CAUTION!: Technology. Talk presented at The South Carolina Chapter of Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) annual convention. Columbia, SC.

-----. (2012, January 28). Fostering authentic writers through adaptation units. Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2011, January). "Challenging Texts: Reconsidering Comics/Graphic Novels and Genre." Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2010, January). "Adventures in Genre!: Comics and Graphic Novels in the ELA Classroom." Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2009, January). “Re-imagining Comics as Literature: Expanding Our Views of Genre and Reading.” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2004-2008). Featured Guest—“Speaking of Schools.” Multiple appearances on SCETV Radio, Clemson, SC.

-----. (2008, January). “Publishing as a Classroom Teacher—The ‘Why’ and the ‘How.’” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2007, November). “Writers and Teachers of Writing—Writing in Class and for Professional Publication.” Presentation given to participants at the Writing Improvement Network Conference, Greenville, SC.

Co-resented with Schmidt, R. (2007, February). “Literacy Profiles: Student-Centered Literacy Instruction and Assessment.” Presentation given to participants at the SCIRA annual conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.

-----. (2007, January). “Writing in the Classroom—Real problems, Real Solutions.” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2006, November). “The Life You Write Might Be Your Own—Memoirs and the Craft of Writing.” Presentation given to participants at the Writing Improvement Network Conference, Greenville, SC.

-----. (2006, January). “Confronting the Text, Confronting the World—Reconsidering Reading and Writing with Nonfiction.” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English State Conference, Kiawah, SC.

-----. (2005, October). “Teaching Writing in a Time of High Accountability.” Presentation given to participants at the Writing Improvement Network Conference, Greenville, SC.

-----. (2005, January). “Righting the Writing Assessment Ship—The Authentic Writing Classroom.” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference 2005, Navigating Change in K-College Classroom, Columbia, SC.

-----. (2003, January). “Standards, Standards Everywhere and Not a Spot to Think.” Presentation given to participants at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference 2003, Greenville, SC.


Co-presented with Schmidt, R. (2007, March). “Implementing Literacy Profiles: High Accountability and the Changing Face of Literacy.” Presentation given to participants at the Spartanburg Writing Project annual conference, Spartanburg, SC.

-----. (2006, March). “Confronting the Text, Confronting the World—Reconsidering Reading and Writing with Nonfiction.” Presentation given to participants at the Upstate Writing Project Annual Conference 2006, Greenville, SC.

-----. (2005 , March). “The Writer's Life—Teachers and Students as Authors.” Presentation given to participants at the Spartanburg Writing Project Conference, Connections 2005, Spartanburg, SC.

-----. (2005, February).  “Reading and Writing with Adolescents.” Presentation given to participants at the Greenville Council of Teachers of English, League Middle School, Greenville, SC.

-----. (2004, March). “Building Professional Communities through Best Practice.” Presentation given to participants at the Upstate Schools Consortium, Furman University, Greenville, SC.

-----. (2004). “The Politics of How We Teach—No Child Left Behind as Assault on Academia.” Presentation given to participants at the Furman University Faculty Seminar, Greenville, SC.


Distinguished Alumnus, School of Education

Faculty Award
National Honor Society, 1998, 1993
Creativity in Teaching Award
National Art Honor Society, 1997
Woodruff High

Institutional and Community Involvement:


Furman University

•Admissions Committee, Fall 2007
•Honors Programs and Senior-Year Experience, Ad Hoc Committee, Spring 2007
•Admissions Committee, Ad Hoc Reader, 2006-2007
•Academic Discipline Committee, 2006-2007


2003-2004 PTA Reflections Program, High School Judge/ SC PTA