Graduate Education Is Losing Its Moral Base

The depressed state of the academic job market is hardly news, but tenured faculty members show little inclination to confront its implications. So far, the only people prepared to take drastic action are job seekers themselves. One of our students sardonically asked if he should attend a recent academic convention wearing a signboard. On the back, photographically enlarged: his vita. On the front, in block letters, the motto of the homeless unemployed: "Will work for food."

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