PhD: smart, lazy, insane

by phdscam

One article tries ways to “fix the phd”

PhD.. gotten both more difficult and less rewarding: today, it can take almost a decade to get a doctorate, and, at the end of your program, you’re unlikely to find a tenure-track job.

Now, who in their right mind would spend 12 years of prime time in life to jabber about nonsense and try to please a fossil (professor)? Heck, your professor might die in these years and you may have to find a new one. But this is humanities PhDs we are talking about. Humanities folks learns little mathematics/technology and in ‘real world’ jobs they are useless.. it’s harsh but in tech-driven world, humanities PhD has very little offer. For science PhDs, career prospects are grim too, there simply aren’t even 5% positions. And since so many to choose from, even the successful candidates will get very little money, so it’s basically the minimum wage in academia.

Here’s another example, why humanities professors don’t know even the basic mathematics or are ignorant beyond repair.

The core of the problem is, of course, the job market. The M.L.A. report estimates that only sixty per cent of newly-minted Ph.D.s will find tenure-track jobs after graduation. If anything, that’s wildly optimistic: the M.L.A. got to that figure by comparing the number of tenure-track jobs on its job list (around six hundred) with the number of new graduates (about a thousand). But that leaves out the thousands of unemployed graduates from past years who are still job-hunting—not to mention the older professors who didn’t receive tenure, and who now find themselves competing with their former students. (The report name-checks these groups, but, strangely, makes no effort to incorporate them into its overall estimate.) In all likelihood, the number of jobs per candidate is much smaller than the report suggests. That’s why the mood is so dire—why even professors are starting to ask, in the committee’s words, “Why maintain doctoral study in the modern languages and literatures—or the rest of the humanities—at all?”

One can have denials that “all is good”, however, you would do better if you would just go for an actual job, gain experience, earn a livelihood and retire some day. Or be one of the insane people still pushing for a pointless degree.

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