Comments for AdjunctNation.com http://www.adjunctnation.com News, Opinion, Analysis and More For the Adjunct Faculty Nation Thu, 12 May 2016 17:56:28 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by Wojtek Sokolowski http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37212 Thu, 12 May 2016 17:56:28 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37212 Two observations. First, the life time average of $2.5. million is misleading because it pretains to PhDs who have already lived through their life time, not those who just graduated and still have some time to go. It may well be that the average life earning of this new cohort of PhDs will turn out to be much lower than the quoted figure.

Second, the problem is not unis profiteeering from overselling credentials to unsuspecting dupes (although that is a questionable practice), but the demand for college credentials in the job market. Many jobs descriptions require advanced degrees for jobs that do not require advanced research skills. The choice is between entering the rat race and hoping to win the lottery or not entering it and knowing that the only job option available is menial service jobs. To put it simply, good jobs are scarce and to have a chance of getting one, one must accumulate many college credentials.

This whole discussion is yet anotheer example of liberal Democrat obsession with education as a panacea for all social problems. If everyone could get into Ivy League uni, all social problems would be solved. Consequently these folks finds it surprising that folks who followed that mantra end up on the unemployment roll. The problem is not education but the economy that puts profits before people, but this is the subject for another discussion.

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by LeNie A Adolphson http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37211 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:25:33 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37211 Writing about it is not enough. We need a MLK direct action campaign.

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by LeNie A Adolphson http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37210 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:22:32 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37210 Yes I have numerous ideas. First, it needs to become more publicized. However we need a national movement for unionism. It was embarrassing to see McDonald’s workers demonstration more radicalism than adjuncts. Where is that spirit in adjuncts. How about going on strike.

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Comment on College Graduation Rates Down? Blame the Adjuncts! by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/04/14/college-graduation-rates-down-blame-the-adjuncts/#comment-37209 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:20:44 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7089#comment-37209 @Eileen Bury thanks for your comment. In WA, often part-time and adjunct faculty are cut during times of budget crises because of union contracts that call for adjunct union members to be let go before the full-time faculty union members. Keith Hoeller and other Washington State adjunct activists have been writing and speaking about this for many years. AdjunctNation has published many articles about the work of adjuncts in your state to better the working conditions for the thousands of adjunct faculty who, as you say, are “in the trenches,” with the majority of the state’s undergraduate college students.

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37208 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:16:45 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37208 @LeNie anything you think would prompt people to sit up and take notice?

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37207 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:15:57 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37207 @Lee Hall Thanks for pointing that out! Since those with professional degrees, such as JDs, are perceived to have multiple job paths (teaching, private practice, employment in a law firm, public service, etc….) what’s the picture really like in your experience?

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by MG Gainer http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37206 Thu, 12 May 2016 13:02:29 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37206 No, that the writer made it sound like those folks don’t deserve any empathy because they’re privileged.

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37205 Thu, 12 May 2016 12:59:53 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37205 @MG Gainer That large numbers of Ph.D.s are under- and unemployed you mean?

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37204 Thu, 12 May 2016 12:56:44 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37204 @Patrick Drazen Patrick do you teach?

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Comment on Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s by AdjunctNation Editorial Team http://www.adjunctnation.com/2016/05/10/poor-priviledged-and-pedantic-why-america-ignores-under-employed-ph-d-s/#comment-37203 Thu, 12 May 2016 12:54:05 +0000 http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=7156#comment-37203 @LeNie A Adolphson The plight of adjuncts has been written about in major newspapers across the country, sometimes multiple times. The Atlantic Monthly, Gawker, Slate and other online sites have done features on the subject.

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