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1/21/05 10:52 PM
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I'm thinking of going to graduate school. I love philosophy, but I'm just not sure what I want to do for a career. Can anybody give me some pros and cons of going to grad school and pursuing a career in college level teaching? I would mostly be interested in teaching if I went to grad school. Could I make a decent career teaching with just a masters? Thanks! C.J.
1/23/05 11:42 PM
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i'm in grad school for political theory/philosophy. the grad student lifestyle is much different than that of undergrad. you don't spend much time in class, but you are expected to spend a lot outside. you'll have to do a lot of reading and research. i'm in political theory because i really like philosophy, but i wanted a more "practical" application. we talk a lot about problems facing gov't, society, and humanity in general. if you like it, go for it. don't be concerned with the money. if you are good at what you do, the money will generally follow. you can actually make decent money teaching/researching at the college level. you do need the Phd. though. a masters won't help you much if you are looking at being a college professor. so far i'm enjoying grad school. you are pretty much given all of the responsibility to do the work. i've had good experiences with faculty and since i'm on an assistantship, i am getting a good taste of the job requirements. anyways, i hope this helps a little.
1/27/05 9:51 AM
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Your hope is a descent into the career of teaching ?
1/28/05 4:01 AM
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"Your hope is a descent into the career of teaching ?" Sorry about that. "Descent" should actually be "decent." I will edit it.
1/28/05 12:15 PM
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Don't take it too seriously. My comment was as much a comment on my thoughts about teaching in general.
2/4/05 4:01 PM
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IMO, teaching is one of the most important and meaningful jobs you can have. if you are looking for monetary compensation, it might not be the place to go. However if you want to help educate others and actually make a difference in lives, its not a bad choice.
2/4/05 4:11 PM
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I have also heard that teaching something is the best way to learn it.

2/12/05 6:02 AM
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Those who cannot do, teach.
2/12/05 11:57 AM
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"Those who cannot do, teach." ignorant statement. its just the opposite in the academic world. the top scholars are usually teachers as well.

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