Teaching: Ph.D. Under Attack

For his own doctoral dissertation in education, John Schrodt Jr., editor of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine, surveyed other Ph.D. holders on college faculties in Indiana and discovered that it had taken them an average of nearly eleven years of graduate study to get their degrees. It also cost them about $34,000 each, counting lost income while studying, and 20% developed ulcers or nervous disorders. The study worsened Schrodt's own nervous stomach and fed the growing feeling among many educators that the Ph.D., at least for teachers, may not be worth all that time, pain and expense.

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