We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had a good friend who was getting her Ph.D. in History. She was done with the program and was whining to me about how competitive it was to find a job at a university. Then, she told me she only wanted to professor job in a certain area of the country!
When I suggested that she do a nationwide search, she complained that she wanted to stay near her family/friends. When I asked what other job one could do with a doctorate in History, she scolded me and implied I was not supportive of her career choice.
Eventually she did get a position...so she was one of the lucky ones. In fact, she's probably lucky that she found her job before the decline in enrollment at universities. But I never understood her defensiveness nor her disinterest in trying to look for any other kind of work. It was like I'd insulted her! This must be something a university instills in their Ph.D. candidates...that they are of superior intellect and that a university professorship is the only job they should aspire to. All else is beneath them.
I earned my PhD in 1992 and was unable to find a tenure track job even way back then. I didn't spend years beating my head against the wall - I changed careers and took the 'instructor' jobs to get by.
I felt for the sociology guy somewhat.....until I read the word 'zombies' and at that point I thought the article was a satire. It took me a while to realize he was [un]dead serious. His advisors should be ashamed of themselves.
The boom market for Ph.D-staffed tenure-track college teaching positions ended over 40 years ago. When I was working as an aide in a hospital in the early 1970s, the husband of a fellow employee was pursuing a Ph.D. in English. He took the initiative to set up a program to help place English Ph.D.s in non-standard fields, like advertising. As the saying goes, you didn't have to be a rocket scientist to see how thing were trending.
It has only got worse since then.
Anyone who in this day and age is surprised at the difficulty in finding a tenure-track position, or even an adjunct position, has not been paying attention. It has been that way for 40 years.
[Ironically, the guy who set up a program to help place English Ph.D.s in non-standard fields was able to get a tenure track job teaching English.]
A well deserved victory over the totalitarian tactics of the left in public universities. I wonder how many more of these are deserved. Or how many more professors keep their mouths shut so that what happened to Mike doesn't happen to them. (rhetorical question)
Physics teachers don't preach fiction. They have to work to push the student out of their frame of reference. Learning Physic is as much about expanding how you think as learning the facts. It is about developing the logic more than the body of memorization.