I just posted an explanatory comment to:
The article was by Jordan Weismann
Here is my comment. (The data I refer to shows that not many Ph.D’s get jobs as professors.)
This data only substantiates what we in the business of higher education have known for years, “…universities give Ph.D.’s for reasons other than that the student earned it…” (From my comment on a previous Atlantic article “The Ph.D Bust: America’s Awful Market for Young Scientists—in 7 Charts” For an actual example, see that comment. ) The data substantiate this because professors know that most of the doctorates that they grant are not for work good enough to demonstrate doctoral level quality. So, of course, they won’t hire them.
Here is where the story gets even worse. Many universities grant faux Ph.D’s. Many of those faux Ph.D’s do get jobs at colleges. Those faux Ph.D’s are not really equipped to teach at the college level. Thus, their students don’t learn what they deserve to learn – and should learn. Some of these graduates go on to teach in k-12. They aren’t really prepared to do a good job. Thus, many k-12 students don’t learn well. They go on to college. Colleges, many of whom started all of this, say, “They aren’t prepared.” Standards go down…Everything gets recycled downward.