Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Longing for the classroom
By why the doctorate? I actually have a love-hate relationship with my EdD. Some days it feels like an ultra-marathon that will never end. And sometimes I resent that fact that it has taken me away from the classroom. But ultimately, there is something pure and exciting about formally searching for answers to the big questions I have about education and learning. It just seems like the natural thing to do, like I am setting an example in pursuing knowledge and truth. I am not much of an academic but I do get jazzed about research philosophy and such. You know, the -ologies and -isms. Maybe I am a bit of a geek.
People ask me what I am going to do when I done. The proper thing to do would be continue with academia, look for a high-level administration job, grow my consulting business, publish, or seek a university tenure. I'll probably just wind up back where I started, in the classroom, a little over-qualified but doing what I love most - teaching. It is a hard, but soul-fulfilling and honorable profession.