Stories by Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D.

Paul L. Thomas is an associate professor of education at Furman University. subscribe to Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D.'s feed

Posted on: Oct 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

If racism isn't a factor in opportunity and economic security, then why the overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

'Working hard' is no guarantee of success in America.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Forget accountability. This time around, the candidates need to address inequality.

Posted on: May 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

When Obama asks us to increase support for charter schools, he has missed the larger point.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An expose of the publishing giant underscores the failure of our current education reform agenda.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The truth is as simple as it is devastating.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's time we rethink the impact of our policies on the lives of the powerless.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Even those who work with kids don't always afford them the dignity they deserve.

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.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

All children deserve justice, in education as in life.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Prohibiting students from talking about events in Ferguson offers them exactly the opposite of what they need.

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.

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.

Posted on: May 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why do we continue to rely on approaches to education that have been soundly discredited by research?

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.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

There is. Here's what it might look like.

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.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Even those who work with kids are unlikely to always afford them the dignity they deserve.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

This may prove to be a watershed moment for how we learn to write.

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?

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.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

In-school-only reforms will never be the solution for children in high-poverty 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.

Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source:

How both are creating an underclass, significantly among African American males.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Free market think-tanks pay off scholars who are now increasingly found in universities.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why do we keep enforcing more and more standards and testing that educators don't trust?

Posted on: Mar 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Parents should fight for quality education for all, not just their own kids.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A report on childhood poverty proves once again that no single measure can cure poverty's ills.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: Daily Kos

Confronting gun ownership is an argument about violence -- not about autonomy and freedom.

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.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: The Charlotte Observer

Education reform is not a battle; it must be a continuous collaboration.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.