First, I'm frustrated by why "grad school" always, always seems to bedefined as leading to terminal degrees (an MFA, for example, but moregenerally speaking, a Ph.D./D.A.).
Second, the assumption generally seems to be that one wants a Ph.D. inorder to get a tenure-track position at a university. Although I'msure they're out there, I have yet to actually encounter much of adiscussion of, "I want a Ph.D. because I want to become really expertin my field." There also seems to be little, if any, discussion aboutalternatives to post-doctoral non-academic (or non-teaching)positions. My own experience has given me some insight other folksmight not have - I've an aunt and an uncle who both have Ph.D.s in thesciences, and do research; although both are affiliated withuniversities, and my aunt also teaches, her teaching duties aresecondary, and her Ph.D. was not acquired because she wanted to teach.Ffurthermore, my mother has a Ph.D. in the humanities, and while Iknow she would have preferred teaching at the college/universitylevel, she spent her entire teaching career at the secondary level.(Again, I'm sure they're out there, but I've never encountered anotherteacher who got an advanced degree in the humanities and stayed at thesecondary level.)
I would love to see more of a discussion about master's degreeprograms and the reasons why folks get those degrees. I'm in gradschool at the moment, but "grad school" = "getting a Master's degree,"although I also teach at a community college and don't aspire toeither get a Ph.D. so I can get in higher education, nor do I want tomove to larger school for that reason. (To be fair, in my undergradyears, begun when I was in my late 20s, 10 years ago, I went through ateacher education program because I wanted to teach middle school. Igraduated 15 minutes before the economy caved in on itself like a flanin a cupboard, as Eddie Izzard would say, and have found it easier toget a job teaching at the college level - in two different states -without a graduate degree than at in secondary education with all thequalifications.)
I'm tired of the limited discussion about the reasons one goes to gradschool, how grad school is actually defined, and the lack of examinedalternatives. Surely I wasn't the only undergrad with whom this wasnot discussed.
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