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Stories by Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D.
Paul L. Thomas is an associate professor of education at Furman University.
Why 'Grit' Will Never Be the Key to Overcoming Poverty and Racism
Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet
'Working hard' is no guarantee of success in America.
5 Questions Every Presidential Candidate Needs to Answer About Education
Posted on: Jun 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Forget accountability. This time around, the candidates need to address inequality.
What, Exactly, Are We Celebrating About Charter Schools?
Posted on: May 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet
When Obama asks us to increase support for charter schools, he has missed the larger point.
Publishing Giant Pearson Hauls in Billions in Education Dollars, But Do Students Benefit?
Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet
An expose of the publishing giant underscores the failure of our current education reform agenda.
What's Responsible for America's Persistent Achievement Gap?
Posted on: Feb 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The truth is as simple as it is devastating.
How Our System Creates Criminals to Justify Deadly Force
Posted on: Dec 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet
It's time we rethink the impact of our policies on the lives of the powerless.
Why Are Americans So Inclined to Disrespect Children?
Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Even those who work with kids don't always afford them the dignity they deserve.
Enough Talk About Grit; It's Time to Talk About Privilege
Posted on: Nov 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Lessons that promote 'effort' as a mask for privilege do far more harm to our students than good.
It's Time to Stop Treating Black and Brown Kids Like 'Other People's Children'
Posted on: Sep 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet
All children deserve justice, in education as in life.
Illinois School Bans Discussions of Michael Brown's Death
Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Prohibiting students from talking about events in Ferguson offers them exactly the opposite of what they need.
What 'No New Federal Spending' Really Means
Posted on: Jul 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet
It's time for the government to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to children.
Why Is Arne Duncan Still Pushing the Dangerous Myth of Low Expectations?
Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Our Secretary of Education is fixated on distracting the public from the real problems with education in America.
News Flash: Failed Education Policies Will ALWAYS Fail Our Children
Posted on: May 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Why do we continue to rely on approaches to education that have been soundly discredited by research?
Racial Segregation Returns to US Schools, 60 Years After the Supreme Court Banned It
Posted on: May 16, 2014, Source: The Conversation
The ideal of educational integration championed in the Brown decision remains far from a reality in America's schools.
Is There an Alternative to Accountability-Based, Corporate Education Reform?
Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet
There is. Here's what it might look like.
What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education
Posted on: Apr 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is.
Why Are Americans So Inclined to Disrespect Children?
Posted on: Apr 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Even those who work with kids are unlikely to always afford them the dignity they deserve.
Now That the SAT's Writing Section is Gone, It's Time to Rethink How We Teach Composition
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet
This may prove to be a watershed moment for how we learn to write.
Why Teachers' Voices Matter in the Education Reform Debate
Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Teachers are a goldmine of information about what schools and students need. So why do we so often ignore their voices?
Why Charter Schools Are Foolish Investments for States Facing Economic Challenges
Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: The State
South Carolina's children deserve data-based and lean school reform policy, and not advocacy-based experiments.
Learning and Teaching in Scarcity: How High-Stakes 'Accountability' Cultivates Failure
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet
In-school-only reforms will never be the solution for children in high-poverty schools.
BOOK REVIEW: "Reign of Error": The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Posted on: Sep 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Forget low test scores, says one of the nation's foremost education experts in her new book. The privatizers are the real threat to America's schools.
The Similarities Between the Charter School Movement and the War on Drugs
Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source: TruthOut.org
How both are creating an underclass, significantly among African American males.
The Rise of the Dogmatic Scholar
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Free market think-tanks pay off scholars who are now increasingly found in universities.
Corporations Are Behind The Common Core State Standards — And That's Why They'll Never Work
Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Why do we keep enforcing more and more standards and testing that educators don't trust?
Why Sending Your Child to a Charter School Hurts Other Children
Posted on: Mar 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Parents should fight for quality education for all, not just their own kids.
Schools Can't Do It Alone: Why 'Doubly Disadvantaged' Kids Continue to Struggle Academically
Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A report on childhood poverty proves once again that no single measure can cure poverty's ills.
Misreading the Right to Bear Arms
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
Confronting gun ownership is an argument about violence -- not about autonomy and freedom.
"They're All Our Children"
Posted on: Dec 17, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
Alongside discussions of mental health and gun control, we must use the lessons of Sandy Hook to reframe the debate around education reform.
What Real School Reform Looks Like
Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: The Charlotte Observer
Education reform is not a battle; it must be a continuous collaboration.
Obama Won, But Did Educators Lose In the Process?
Posted on: Nov 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet
As long as accountability remains the educational law of the land, students are bound to lose out, says a professor of education.
What is the SAT Good For? Absolutely Nothing
Posted on: Sep 28, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
The SAT is a metric that confirms privilege -- not academic achievement or academic readiness for college. So why do we insist on using it?
Teachers and the Death of the American Worker
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
Is the pushback we're seeing against Chicago's striking teachers just another symptom of the demise of the American worker?
"No Excuses" and the Culture of Shame: The Miseducation of Our Nation's Children
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
Does our constant focus on educational "data" mask a raft of racist and classist policies designed to shortchange poor and minority children? You bet, says one education expert.
Six Degrees of Insanity: "Reforming" Education
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: Schools Matter
The push for "accountability" in education reform is eroding public education. It's time to try something different.
What’s Really Wrong with Teacher Quality and Teacher Education?
Posted on: Aug 1, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
It's time to get rid of our wrongheaded approach to evaluating teacher quality and educating professionals for the classroom.
Are Parent Trigger Laws Our New 'Superman' – Or Union Kryptonite?
Posted on: Jul 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Though they're being pushed by the biggest names in corporate education reform, and politicians of every stripe, there's little proof that parent trigger laws actually work.
Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Earns F, Again
Posted on: Jun 21, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
South Carolina is poised to link 40% of teacher evaluations to student test scores. Is that a colossal mistake?
Misreading the Achievement Gap: A Tale of Bi-Partisan Failure
Posted on: May 2, 2012, Source: Daily Kos
It's not student achievement, but student equity that should concern us, says this Professor of Education.
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