Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2009
With reference to letter below from Virginia Stead*
Well said indeed. I know that similar views and sentiments are held by many
other graduates of H&P who are presently tenured or are in tenure-track
positions in academic positions at Faculties and Departments of Education
across the world and who attribute their success in no small measure to
their doctoral training in H&P. It is imperative that such opportunities not be
eliminated for future students.
There is no doubt that it is incumbent upon OISE’s and U of T’s administration
to reply publicly to the letter below, paying particular attention to the
section “To correct the record.” Without such a reply, we remain justified in
believing that the motives behind the intention of closure are mired in
considerations unworthy of U of T administration and contradictory of
fundamental principles of teacher education and university research.
We have here a very serious and disheartening assault on the disciplinary role
of humanities in educational research, and on the quality of teaching and
administration in the schools of our nation.
Walter C. Okshevsky, PhD
Canadian Philosophy of Education Society
Faculty of Education/Department of Philosophy
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X8
email@example.comCc Sihra, Laufer, Boyd, Hare, Corman, Hillan
*Dear Drs. Gaskell, Corman, Hillan, Regehr, Laufer, and Karen Sihra,,
Since beginning graduate studies as a master’s student at Lakehead University in 1996, I have been
impressed and informed by the ideas and professional service of faculty and students within OISEUT’s
History & Philosophy Program. These people contribute substantially not just to learning within their own
program, but to the spread of knowledge across the country and around the world. Please continue to
support their outstanding work and in this way the shining reputation of the University of Toronto.
CSSE Director 1996-1998; 2004-2006: CSSE Graduate Student President 1996-1998; 2004-22006