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 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