In this article of The Nation, William Deresiewicz explains why Graduate School may not be worth it to those who want to go there, and how it’s detrimental to the country, and detrimental for us, especially those who wish to go on to Graduate school. Deresiewicz elaborates on the issues of tenure (which Iadmit, I need to read again) and the issue of Humanities and the Arts being under constant, increasing threat because they aren’t in “state interests”. If you want to know why so many Adjuncts are teaching at Hunter (maybe CUNY in general), this is THE article to read. It may be distressing for some.
I must say, ideally , being a Graduate student would be great. Deresiewicz says that Graduate students spend their 20’s in Graduate school instead of making money because “they believe in knowledge, ideas, inquiry; in teaching, in following their passion.” Don’t we, as students who are in college to pursue our intellectual interests, believe in this as well? From the get go, I didn’t think I was going to make a lot of money, but learning about the world, societies and cultures and gaining many different opinions and viewpoints sounded like a good alternative. Unfortunately, that might not be the case any longer.