Empowerment Starts Here

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The Case of Critical Literacy

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.

One of my favorite moments in the conversation was when Dr. Thomas talked about the burden associated with being a critical pedagogue. Once you are aware that words are heavily try tied to oppressive distributions of power, it is very difficult to be a part of conversations without critically interrogating the words used. Such an interrogation is often not appreciated and honestly not even understood– especially in love spaces when talking to family and friends.

This is an important episode for leaders,  educators, writers, and anyone who has to use words to convey messages. It is also an important episode for those interested in simply being informed consumers of words.

There’s a lot to learn in this episode. I encourage you to check it out!!


To listen, click here.

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