Seven reasons defending grad school, and why they are wrong

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  • You SLC, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    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?

  • roswell Saint George, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    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!

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Oct. 15, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    "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?