Skip to comments.The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S. [Obama's America!!!]
Posted on 05/09/2012 9:32:57 PM PDT by Steelfish
The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S.
Elliott Stegall, 51 and father of two, has been pressed financially as he pursues his graduate degree and teaches two English college courses a semester. By SUSANNA KIM May 9, 2012 The life of an academic who pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and lives off stipends and scholarhips is becoming more financially treacherous. A skyrocketing number of Americans with Ph.D.s say they are facing a reality in which they are turning to food stamps to survive.
One in six Americans received food stamps or other public assistance last year, but the number of people with a Ph.D. or Masters degree who receive that aid has tripled in the past two years, according to government data.
In a story published by The Chronicle of Higher Education this week Ph.D. holders and students who are teaching on the non-tenure track in community colleges and universities bemoaned their prospects.
Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University while he teaches two English courses at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.
To help support their two young children, he and his wife rely, in part, on food stamps, Medicaid and aid from the USDA program, Women, and Infants and Children (WIC).
"I tend to look at my experience as a humanist, as someone who is fascinated by human culture," he told the Chronicle. "Maybe it was a way of hiding from the reality in which I found myself. I never thought I'd be among the poor."
He and his wife also have worked part-time jobs as house painters and cleaners and food caterers.
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You either have a knack for making films or you don't. No amount of college training is going to give you the knack. What a dope. Let him starve; let evolution takes it course.
“Film studies’’!?! You mean this guy got a freakin’ PhD just for watching movies all day? Dang!!(sar.)
No reason for the fool and his family to starve, forget silliness and pipe dreams, face reality, get a job, work hard, live within his means, millions upon millions do it everyday.
Read an article about another joker who was interested in movies/*The arts*, but couldn't hold a regular job because of boredom and lack of interest.
No tears for that deadbeat lazy bastard either.
My son will be working on his PhD soon and he's a pretty good cook. He won't starve. :)
I actually had one ask me last week how he should vote in the local elections.
That's not unusual. He might not be overly concerned about LOCAL races and be willing to support your candidate. I used to ask my brother and sister in law who they liked for Sheriff or such since they both worked for the county Sheriff's. I thought since that was their area, they would be more informed on that area.
Some races don't gave a political affiliation next to the candidates names. Like judges and such.
He is a Able Bodied Man who, in another time, would be ashamed to be taking handouts to care for his Family.
The days of doing what you have to do to survive have been replaced with Voting for who you have to Vote for to get free stuff.
Years ago...I worked with a contractor who once had a multi-million dollar contract deal to assist a Air Force project. When he was handed the new contract...there was a curious requirement. Besides the fifty-odd employees who were going to be the regular workers on the project and he’d supervise....there was a requirement for nine PhD folks. My associate questioned the necessity of this and even told the government representative this was a total waste of resources and funding. But it was specified in the contract....so he had to go out and hire these nine PhD folks. In the contract, it also specified that they’d be given private offices of 300 square feet or more. A year into the project, my associate could not identify a single thing of value that the nine had given to the group of fifty or the Air Force.
A second story...I personally knew of another health care related contract that the Air Force had with a contracting company. It too...required PhD mental experts. The company hiring these PhD contractors had a bit of trouble in getting folks to agree to move overseas. So bonuses were typically normal....when none of the regular employees ever got such a bonus just for moving overseas. Then one day, they had one PhD guy lined up for a hiring, but the guy wanted the company to pay to move his horse (figure $5k) from the US to Germany. The company spent an entire weekend thinking over the cost and finally said no....there was a limit to this whole game.
I think this whole PhD thing is overblown.
This is precisely what Pelosi was talking about when she said that Obamacare would allow people to pursue art etc. because they wouldn't have health care concerns. In a way, this is just another way of extending the time that people have to ‘find themselves’ into late adulthood. Fits perfectly into the sixties mindset. Problem is, the world has changed dramatically and is a lot more competitive. We need to reward people for kicking their own a** to acquire skills that make the US more competitive in the world, not punish them so that others can delay adulthood into perpetuity.
I think I see the problem there.
Well, my son's PhD will allow him to work in the Research and Development lab of a major company. His major is plant genomics and he's minoring in bio technology. The PhD allows him to run the experiments instead of being a test tube watcher. Right now he's working on a project to fill in gene gaps to allow us to synthetically make certain drugs. We can't do do right now because we don't know how the plants (atroppa belladonna) do what they do.