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Course Requirement or Loyalty Test?

December 16, 2005

"Social work is a value-based profession that clearly articulates a sociopolitical ideology about how the world works," Mr. Ryczek, who is director of field education for the social-work program, wrote in an e-mail message to the student, Bill Felkner. "By and large as a profession, we do take sides." Mr. Ryczek went on to write that if students disagreed with "what is being taught and espoused in the curriculum ... then their fit with the profession will not get any more comfortable... Download file "Course Requirement or Loyalty Test?"

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