Mission of the College and the Education Department
Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.
- Connecticut College Mission Statement, 2005
"The Connecticut College Education Department operates on the understanding that inherent to American education is a set of political, economic and cultural relationships that reflect the dominant social arrangements of U.S. society. The Department therefore regards teaching as primarily a political act. The goal of the Teacher Education Program is to produce critical educators who understand that one of the consequences of living in a pluralistic society is the existence of a variety of conflicting views of what it means to be educated. As such, it works to instill in students a sense of responsibility to participate in the political process by which educational policies are initiated, employed and resisted." - Philosophy of the Education Department, Connecticut College, 2005
In preparing teachers for the nation's public schools, the Connecticut College Education Department begins with the understanding that the transformation of PK-12 schools and classrooms into sites of social justice 1 and mobility is central to a democratic society. Indeed, we believe that the nation's widely declared goal of raising educational achievement for all children will only be realized when schools are engaged in building a more equitable and democratic community. (Rethinking Schools)
Therefore, we believe that public school teachers should not only be dedicated to furthering the academic success of their students but also to the work of "teaching for the society we want to see." Educating teachers to see schooling as an opportunity to create a multiracial, multivocal 2 democracy capable of addressing the serious social, economic and environmental problems of society is integral to the department's mission.
1For the purposes of this document, the term "social justice" refers to (classroom) spaces that enact the imperatives of a critical democracy: equality, equity, and diversity.
2The term multivocal refers to the notion of "many voices."