The mission of Colby’s Education Program is to enable students to develop expertise in research, theory construction, and practice in the field of education. The knowledge, skills, dispositions, and habits of mind required for such expertise are cultivated within the context of a rigorous liberal arts academic environment, informed by perspectives from a variety of disciplines, enhanced by multiple opportunities to engage in service learning and civic engagement, and animated by a commitment to social justice.
Access to high quality public education for all children and youth is the civil rights issue of our time. Striving for social justice across all dimensions of difference is a moral imperative that we cannot ignore, and we must achieve equity in both educational opportunities and educational outcomes.
A focus on social justice means that courses in the Education Program explore the impact of cultural assumptions, societal norms, and institutional policies and practices on both individuals and groups. Students and faculty work together to examine the operation of power as it relates to the construction of knowledge and the preservation of privilege, and to analyze critically the intended and unintended oppressions resulting from specific educational and institutional practices. Students also are encouraged to move beyond critique to create and implement policies and practices that promote greater social justice and equity in schools and society.