Dr. C Ruitenberg, Fac of Ed UBC – please prevent closure of H and P

October 27, 2009

Subject: Please prevent closure of History and Philosophy of Education Program!

Dear Dean Laufer,

I have been astonished to learn that the doctoral program in History and Philosophy of Education in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies is at risk of being closed down. Over the past decade I have come to know both faculty and students of this strong program and have seen them play a key role in scholarly communities.

I fully agree with my esteemed colleagues Drs. Dwight Boyd, Nicholas Burbules, William Hare, Heesoon Bai and Daniel Vokey that the Humanities offer valuable and relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary angles for the study of educational questions today, and I urge you to prevent the closure of the doctoral program in History and Philosophy of Education.


Claudia Ruitenberg


Claudia W. Ruitenberg, Ph.D.

Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society

Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Education

Department of Educational Studies

Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604-822-2411

Fax: 604-822-4244


Cc Sihra,


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  1. Kevin McDonough, McGill University

    Dear Dean Laufner, Dean Gaskell and others:

    I write to add my support to the large and still growing list of scholars who are expressing shock at the announced closure of the History and Philosophy of Education Program at OISE. I began my graduate career in philosophy of education at the University of Alberta in the late 1980s and was immediately aware of the fact that OISE represented one of the leading hubs of humanities-based research in education in Canada and globally. That reputation has not diminished over the years, at least beyond the boundaries of OISE itself. I have read many of the compelling comments and arguments protesting the decision to eliminate this Program and urging you to reconsider this decision. These come from a wide range of sources — leading scholars from across Canada, North America and Europe, scholars from other fields both at the U of T and from other institutions, and from passionate current students in the Program itself. I have only one thing to add: the negative effects of closing the HPE Program will not only be felt at OISE, but in Faculties of Education across Canada. In light of the University of Toronto’s significant international reputation and influence, I urge you to rethink this decision and find a way to save the Program.


    Kevin McDonough, Associate Professor, DISE
    McGill University, Faculty of Education

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