"My Parent's pay for it" Right there it's already hard to
take the article seriously. That aside, what a bunch of trite, ridiculous
sentences. This whole article sounds like it was written by someone who got
rejected from Grad school. There are a lot of careers out there and a lot of
different ways to get there. Who are you to say someone shouldn't pursue
their dreams? Yes, careers are meant to support you. But level of income does
not equal happiness or success. Many people are happy to take a lower income
and live modestly to be able to enjoy the 1/3 of their life spent at work. Go
take a look at many of your favorite authors...many of them attended grad
school. Like the symphony, the ballet or the opera? How about movies or
television? You want to work in a museum? Good luck without a degree. While
there are exceptions, the vast majority of people leading these industries hold
graduate degrees. Also, who do you think is teaching all those undergrad
courses training the rest of the people?
In general I agree with the author, that many graduate degrees imbue one with
little other than academic arrogance, which indeed is one of the primary reasons
they are sought. We all want to be considered intelligent, "educated".
However, there are exceptions beyond the hard sciences that may endow one with
additional knowledge and valuable skills. Theu do not necessarily lie within
the graduate arena, yet without the graduate certificate our society
doesn't value it the same. In many respects college education has become a
racket where both institution and student are in on the game of money,
certificates, and prestige, bot short on actual education. Sort of the
"ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of truth"
syndrome. Let's hear it for truth!
Those who have earned a graduate degree would likely have the education to see
through the weak, unsupported arguments made by the crackpot, nobody blogger,
Penelope Trunk. Why are Sean Parker and DNews promoting this tripe?