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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Launching Doctoral Program in Equity and Social Justice

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Launching Doctoral Program in Equity and Social Justice

“students can choose to graduate with either a Ph.D. or Ed.D.”

The worst part about this is that some people will actually go into debt obtaining such a degree.

Campus Reform reports:

Students can now become a DOCTOR of ‘equity and social justice in education’ at this Illinois university

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is launching a doctoral program for “equity and social justice in education.”

In response to the university’s drive toward solving “diversity, equity and inclusion” challenges, the program will prepare scholars “to address structural inequalities in educational settings and devise and assess programs and practices that can lead to improved educational access,” explained School of Education Dean M. Cecil Smith to the university.

“Inequities in access to education, adequate funding and highly skilled, high-quality teachers remain a barrier for large populations throughout the United States,” Smith added. “Racism, sexism and discrimination persist despite decades of legal and public policy initiatives and social activism. As a result of those iniquities, gaps exist between different groups of students, both in terms of access and achievement.”

The three to five fellows selected annually will receive full financial support for up to three years and receive the opportunity to “take advantage of the university’s location as a rural higher education institution” — namely, by assuring educational equity as rural schools become “increasingly diverse.”

The students can choose to graduate with either a Ph.D. or Ed.D.

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The Friendly Grizzly | July 28, 2021 at 1:08 pm

More “doctors” to fill university professorships, top positions in useless government agencies, and to be superintendents of government school districts.

As I read this, this is the School of Education offering a new concentration for an E.D. degree not a new field for a Ph.D. degree. The students also have the option of earning a full Ph.D. but it is not clear who would be conducting the Ph.D. program. In general, because local school systems offer pay scales that are tied to advanced degrees held (as oppose to quality of job performance), many teachers see M.S. and E.D. degrees on a conveyor belt from schools such as Kaplan or University of Phoenix. It takes a lot of work to get a Ph.D. program accredited, so I am very surprised by that option.

The basic news here is that they will fund a full ride scholarship for up to 5 students per year. They will fund this by having these graduate students help teach a large University 101 lecture class covering CRT-related topics to undergraduates. In my mind, this creates a conflict of interest. Graduate students are beholden to the mandatory CRT undergraduate education scheme, even if they personally don’t believe that such an approach is productive. Similarly, when they graduate, they will advocate that it is a legitimate subject of academic study.. Instead of figuring out how our urban populations can learn to live in harmony, the program will focus upon rural education. So that the 99% white farm communities will find a way to produce “woke” children who will find fulfillment by leaving their agricultural roots. Talk about a cultural genocide machine based in :wokeness!”

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