Letter of support from Rosario Marchese, NDP MPP and Provincial Education Critic

Rosario Marchese

Member of Provincial Parliament, Trinity-Spadina

854 Dundas St W, Toronto ON M6J 1V5

P: 416-603-9664 F: 416-603-1241

rosariomarchese.ca

Ontario Council on Graduate Studies

180 Dundas St W, Suite 1100

Toronto ON M5G 1Z8

November 16, 2009

 

Re: EdD/PhD program in History and Philosophy of Education at the U of T

ATTN: John ApSimon and Donna Woolcott

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you today to urge you to reconsider your recommendation that the EdD/PhD program in History and Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto be classified as NOT APPROVED. I strongly support the program as a valuable contribution to the Canadian education system, and believe it is a mistake to place such a program in jeopardy. Studying the history and philosophy of education is not a frivolous matter—it is absolutely as important to the overall quality of education in a school system as the more technical elements that make up the day-to-day curriculum. A critical, well-rounded pedagogical perspective is crucial to ensuring the ongoing quality of any education system. The program offered at OISE is world-class, and attracts students and faculty from across the globe. To place the History and Philosophy program in jeopardy is to do all Canadians a serious disservice.

 

It is my understanding that the substance of your concerns about the program relates to the number of faculty currently dedicated to the program. The program is well represented by 7 full-time faculty and 17 associate faculty drawn from across the U of T campus. With a full subscription of students, and being positioned to become an international Center for Research and Teaching of High School Philosophy, I am hard pressed to believe there is a serious lack of quality teachers. As well, it is my understanding that the department is actively petitioning the college for a new faculty position in History and Philosophy, which would further reinforce the quality of the program. For the sake of the students and faculty in the program, and for the sake of the many people who benefit from such a world-class program, I urge you to reconsider your recommendation and to support the EdD/PhD program in History and Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Rosario Marchese MPP

 

Cc Prof. Jane Gaskell (Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Cc Dr. Brian Corman (Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate

Education)

Cc Cheryl Regehr (Vice-Provost, Academic Programs)

Cc Edith Hillan (Vice Provost of Academic Affairs)

Cc Save-History-and-Philosophy Action Group (TPS Graduate Students)

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