letter in support of H and P – K Tracy

Wed, Oct 28, 2009
Re: History and Philosophy of Education Program closure

To those who have the power to stop the closure of the History and Philosophy of Education doctoral program at OISE:

I would like to express my objection to the closure of the History and Philosophy of Education doctoral program at OISE, U of T. I have been made aware of the details of the OCGS recommendation and the response from the Chair of Theory and Policy Studies and a decision to close the program based on the OCGS recommendation criteria is completely unjustified given the evidence. As a professional educator, I recognize the great importance and need of the doctoral program and closing it will have negative consequences for all educators, students, society, OISE and the University of Toronto. I am shocked that OISE is even considering cancelling a program that informs the foundational knowledge of all educational research. I do not know how OISE can keep its reputation as a leading education research institute without a History and Philosophy of Education doctoral program. Given the evidence of the  unjustified recommendation by OCGS, a decision by OISE and U of T to close the History and Philosophy of Education doctoral program will certainly change my perspective of OISE and U of T’s reputation as a deliverer of quality education and participant in quality research. Furthermore, as a potential client, I will not seek out OISE or U of T for any additional qualifications and specialization courses needed for  professional purposes, and I will warn my colleagues to strongly reconsider any thoughts of taking an OISE offered course as I believe the quality of education has been compromised and I would question the motives of the education being offered.

It takes decades to build the reputation OISE has for quality educational research. I implore you to have the courage to object to the closure of the History and Philosophy of Education doctoral program and

keep OISE’s reputation intact.

Sincerely,

Kristin Tracy
OCT#514106

Cc Gaskell, Hillan, Laufer, Corman, Sihra

 

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