Last month, the NY Times published an article titled, "The Left Leaning Tower." Here was the lede:
Why are conservatives such a minority at so many graduate schools? Conservatives like to blame liberal bias. Liberals like other explanations.
One — the most tactful hypothesis — is that conservatives just aren’t interested in academic careers. Another — the most smug hypothesis — is that conservatives are just too close-minded and dimwitted.
All the usual suspects such as group-think, "departmental majoritarianism", "multi-culturalist vetoes" and outright bias are lent some degree of credence.
After chewing on these, however, we got to thinking about our own experience and our weighing of returning to grad school upon graduation from Seminary and ultimately deciding to stay in the work force.
What was our rationale?: Time to get on with it!
After 16 years of schooling, it was high time to leave the protective cocoon of formalized education. It was time to get a job, get an apartment, make some money and enjoy the fruits of our labor and education as a full-blown adult. Ironically enough, having the means of a mature, responsible adult also meant having the means to party, and brothers and sisters, it was definetely time to party. We proved the two concepts are far from being mutually exclusive of one another
Highly anecdotal and very personal, to be sure, but we had no desire, really, to go to grad school and we were anxious to get back out to the West Coast with an opportunity to get a good job that would afford us nice living arrangements, vehicular transportation and some walking around money. At last, freedom and independence for the first time in our life.
Obviously, this does not mean that going to grad school automatically makes you a liberal but does what we laid out above sound more like standard "conservative" or "liberal" rationalizing?
We know we've got some readers out there with advanced degrees, so we would love to hear what you all think, advanced degree or not.