CSWE: Political Litmus Tests at Schools of Social Work

Category: Freedom of Conscience

FIRE asked the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take action against political litmus tests in America’s schools of social work. HHS requires its social workers to have degrees from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), whose standards require evaluating students on the basis of their beliefs. FIRE urged HHS to end its relationship with CSWE unless CSWE drops its vague and politically loaded standards, a request echoed in similar letters sent by the National Association of Scholars and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

  • HHS challenged on social workers PC training

    October 26, 2006

    Free speech advocates are warning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services against supporting political litmus tests in social work schools. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said Wednesday that HHS currently requires its social workers to have degrees from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, whose standards require evaluating students on the basis of their beliefs. The foundation urged HHS to end its relationship with CSWE unless CSWE drops these vague and politically loaded standards, a request echoed in similar letters sent today by the National Association of Scholars and the American Council of […]

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  • Social-work accreditor assailed in 3 letters to Health and Human Services Dept.

    October 25, 2006

    Three organizations sent letters today asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to stop requiring the social workers it hires to have completed their education at social-work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, unless the council modifies its accreditation criteria. The three groups — the National Association of Scholars, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education — emphasized slightly different points in their letters. But in general they said that the council’s accreditation standards include ideologically skewed requirements, such as a mandate that social-work programs pursue “strategies […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Admiral John Agwunobi, October 25, 2006

    October 25, 2006

    October 25, 2006   Admiral John O. Agwunobi Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201   Sent via U.S. Mail   Dear Admiral Agwunobi:   The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, academic freedom, due process, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses. Our web page, www.thefire.org, will give you a greater sense of our identity […]

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  • FIRE Warns Department of Health and Human Services Against Supporting Political Litmus Tests on Campus

    October 25, 2006

    PHILADELPHIA, October 25, 2006—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) today asked the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take action against political litmus tests in America’s schools of social work. Currently, HHS requires its social workers to have degrees from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), whose standards require evaluating students on the basis of their beliefs. FIRE urged HHS to end its relationship with CSWE unless CSWE drops these vague and politically loaded standards, a request echoed in similar letters sent today by the National Association of Scholars and the American Council of […]

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