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May 12, 2005



I disagree with your facts. Perhaps they are unique to the field of journalism?

What fields, besides journalism, does the criticism "your field undergoes changes that will be reflected in the classroom years from now" apply to. Certainly not to science, engineering, medicine, or law. Probably not to business, social science, or humanities either. Academics don't sit back and wait for the results from outside so that they can study them sometime in the future. Most academics are all about being on the cutting edge, either because they are doing the research that defines the cutting edge, or because they are consulting with, or actively studying the cutting edge in practice. In most fields, the latest ideas are most evident at the university. The discoveries being made today will be reflected outside the university years from now.

The whole issue of debt depends on your field of study. Yes, if you have $30K in debt for a journalism degree, you probably haven't made a wise financial decision (although this could be a wise decision for other reasons.) Things look different if you have $100-$200K in debt for a medical, legal, or business degree. You can reasonably expect to recover this money in your working lifetime (although these degrees might not be wise decisions for other reasons.) Finally, students in many areas, particularly scientific and technical areas can be paid a stipend for teaching or performing research (on the cutting edge) in addition to having their tuition and fees paid.

There are many disadvantages to graduate school, but keeping at the cutting edge and debt are not necessarily among them.

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