USC School of Social Work Replaces "Field Work" with "Practicum," Because "Field" is Racist. No, We're Not Making This Up.
In fact, the Field Education Department is now the Practicum Education Dept. Because Latin words can't be racist, evidently.
January 13, 2023
The School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, has announced that Field Work" will now be referred to as "Practicum."
The Field Education Department has in fact, changed its name to "Practicum Education Department." This according to a memo dated January 9, 2023 from the "Practicum Education Department (formerly the Field Ed Dept), to the USC Suzanne Dvorak Peck Practicum Education Community, Faculty, Staff and students.
"We have decided to remove the term "field" from our curriculum and practice and replace it with "practicum," says the new Pracicum Education Department. "This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language. Language is powerful, and phrases such as "going into the field" or field work may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign."
The change is in line with recent movement among left wing academics to take seemingly neutral works like "field," and cancel them because they're "racist." In doing so, they are discovering previously undiscovered layers of racism in the English language. Some on the right have said this is going too far.
"Is this with merit or empty virtue signaling?" wondered Houman Hemmati on Twitter.
"Are they still going to have baseball and football fields?" replied another Twitter user.
"Please. Stop. Using. That. Word. We have to use the British word “pitch”." replied Hemmati.