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Inside Higher Ed mentions the new NAS study on schools of social work. The final sentence is kind of funny:

The National Association of Scholars issued a new report Tuesday criticizing social work education as a “national academic scandal” because its programs’ mission descriptions and curricular requirements are “chock full of ideological boilerplate and statements of political commitment.” In addition, the report questions the Council on Social Work Education, which accredits colleges based in part on whether the provide “social and economic justice content grounded in an understanding of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and the global interconnections of oppression.” The report issued Tuesday is in many ways similar to a complaint filed by the association with the Education Department in 2005. A spokeswoman for the Council on Social Work Education said that only one person there could respond to questions about the report’s criticism and that person was not available Tuesday.

At press time, NRO could not confirm reports that the CSWE spokesman, after reading the NAS study, had locked the door to his office, crouched beneath his desk, and curled into a fetal position.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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