Ethics of Teaching CAM

Check out this piece on teaching (and profiting from teaching) homeopathy:
Georgian College’s Homeopathy Program: Magical Thinking Presented as Fact

When academic institutions teach nonsense, students suffer the most – not only have they wasted their tuition, but they’ve wasted their time. Georgian College is a community college in Ontario, Canada with over 11,000 students. It recently announced plans to offer a three-year diploma program in homeopathy. This announcement has understandably raised questions from critics about Georgian College’s educational standards. That’s because homeopathy as a health practice is pseudoscience, where the “treatments” lack any medicine at all. It is the air guitar of medicine: It goes through the motions of health care, and looks a bit like medicine, but actually accomplishes nothing at all….

Nearly 9 years ago I wrote this, about a different Canadian college’s program in “Integrative Energy Healing”: Ethical to Teach a Bogus Therapy?
It reads, in part:

So, what is there to say about a university teaching this stuff? Well, to the extent that students believe they’re learning real health science, they’re being ripped off. And since the practices being taught are part of the enormous alternative medicine industry, students are being taught a set of practices intended to be sold to customers: they’re being taught to sell a bogus product. Oh, and in the process, Langara is cheapening the entire notion of higher education.

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

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  1. Pingback: College Cancels Homeopathy Classes | Ethics of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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