October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
And here is where I realize that hundreds of course credits, thousands of highlighted pages, hours of seminar conversations, seven semesters of teaching, and (reusable) bags of debt do, in fact, not provide you with intellectual clarity or a foreseeable professional/social/spiritual future.
About 3% of the U.S. population has earned a doctoral degree. Half of those who enter a PhD program quit. Of course, this doesn’t have much to do with whether or not these people are smart. Plenty of stupid people earn their PhD. Plenty. A percentage this small represents many structural barriers that deny marginalized groups access to our social, economic, political, and educational system(s). But it also reveals how bizarre PhD students are. We’re the weird ones here. We definitely shouldn’t represent what constitutes knowledge, knowing.