You can’t go far on the internet these days without stumbling upon a story of someone leaving academia. These are important stories, and it’s good that people are sharing them. These authors are often making valid critiques about Academia and the state of research funding, and are opening up a really necessary dialog. When people highlight structural inequalities or biases that drive women or minorities out of the Academy, that’s good. When people draw attention to the adjunct problem, or how a lack of funding can demolish an otherwise promising career, that’s good. When folks critique the graduate culture that fails to prepare students for non-academic careers, that’s good, too.
I wonder about about the these stories, taken as a whole. I worry that they might be discouraging people from pursuing academic careers — specifically, people…
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