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.
Cc Gaskell, Hillan, Laufer, Corman, Sihra