You know something is very, very wrong with our society when a growing number of Doctors of Philosophy (aka PhD holders) are lining up for food stamps.
You’d think that these people who had spent so much on their education and earned multiple degrees in return for their investment would not be faced with a problem most commonly associated by politicians with a ‘lack of education.’
Well, 33,655 of our nation’s brightest and most studied Doctors in Philosophy applied for food stamps in 2010. That’s three times as many applicants in 2010 as there were in 2007. Heck, there are 5,057 janitors across the United States with PhD’s!
Many of these PhD-holders believed they would get a secure tenure in their respective fields of education. What is happening now is that these ‘secure’ jobs are disappearing left and right in the face of numerous education budget cuts. Less than a third of all faculty members in ’07 are tenured, with the majority being adjunct or part-time.
Yes, most of the teachers in our much-vaunted universities are part-timers that are always preparing to be kicked out of their jobs instead of focusing on raising the future of our country.
This is a grim but very real reminder to us all that education no longer guarantees anything. It used to be that education should open up pathways to a stable career, but now it looks like that is no longer a true statement.
This is why I strongly urge single moms “going back to school” to carefully plan their college education. Find degrees that can get you stable jobs, and take further education that you know will net you a decent return for your time and money.
The last thing you want to do is devote years of your life and tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars to a PhD that won’t let you earn enough to feed yourself.