Pumpernickel bread: Restating once again what should be obvious to everyone - don't go into any field where the only outlet for employment is academia.
pedobearapproved: The_Gallant_Gallstone: HailRobonia: This only works if everyone gets rid of tenure. If you get rid of tenure and another institution keeps it, then they will get all the talented folks.Same reason why we have to keep paying CEOs those obscene bonuses... top talent and all that.we? you don't pay them anything. go suck on a lemon./maybe you shouldn't have dropped that econ 101 class.
Jubeebee: There's a big difference between an English major (BA) and a PhD in Literature. As long as software companies continue to hire H1-Bs, people with English degrees and a bit of technical knowledge can find decent jobs. A PhD in literature is what happens when you are terrified of graduating and are willing to shell out six figures to stay in school.
pedobearapproved: Explodo:You had to read something, understand it, and talk about it. Sometimes you had to explain that information to others... yeah, hardest thing ever.
OgreMagi: Seriously? You want a bunch of teenage boys to actually read that snore-fest?
over_and_done: I never understood the "tenure track" thing. After reading this article from start to finish, I still don't understand it.
FrancoFile: Let's do some math.With a few exceptions, the point of a humanities PhD is to teach that subject at a university.Assuming a constant population and a constant proportion that attends college, then every humanities PhD needs to train one (1) replacement, over the course of his or her entire career.Even if we assume population growth, a steady increase in college attendance, and 'exporting' our professors to other countries, at best each PhD needs to train three (3) replacements over the course of his or her entire career.An English department of 8 professors and 14 PhD candidates is running a Ponzi scheme.
FrancoFile: I thought we'd be riffing off Gilbert and Sullivan lines in this thread..."I am the very model of a modern Major General,I provide a portion of a fine potato-based comestible"
Mr_Fabulous: [The] English major accepts reality, inquires if thou dost desire a portion of a potato-based comestible of substantial magnitude with thine meal...and then single-handedly slays the Music tab with his unrelenting douchebaggery.
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