21st Century Literacy

If We Are Scripted, Are We Literate?

  • Renita Schmidt
  • P. L. Thomas

Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Bureaucratic Script

    1. Renita Schmidt, P. L. Thomas
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Corporate Script

    1. P. L. Thomas
      Pages 83-95
  4. The Student Script

  5. The Parent and Public Script

  6. The Administrative Script

  7. Beyond Scripts to Literacy

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 225-245

About this book


This book offers a call to all who are involved with literacy education. It explores the prescriptions that hinder authentic and effective approaches to literacy instruction. The scripts identified here include the Bureaucratic Script, the Corporate Script, the Student Script, the Parent and Public Script, and the Administrative Script. The authors bring their classroom teaching experiences (over thirty years combined) along with their research base to a discussion of literacy spanning elementary through high school. The discussion offers the reader practical and research-based lenses for identifying and overcoming the barriers to best practice while avoiding the inherent pitfalls found too often in our schools. The implied answer to the subtitle is a definitive "No," but the text goes beyond criticizing the current state of the field and seeks to empower both teachers and students seeking literacy growth beyond the scripts that plague twenty-first century commitments to accountability and testing.


critical pedagogy education literacy literacy instruction methods policy prescription scripts teaching reform

Authors and affiliations

  • Renita Schmidt
    • 1
  • P. L. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Furman UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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