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My point regarding a counterbalance was simply this: slightly tongue in cheek or not, 2 articles rallying against graduate education leaves the site in the unsavory position of coming across as anti-intellectual. Nothing to do with producing a balanced (and thus, mostly stale) site, nor advocating faux counterpoints to editorials. Just that I think that most commentators and writers are not anti-intellectual (including in the writers of these two articles), but the site now seemingly forwards such a position. I find this troubling and unintended, so I noted it. The "feel" of the site is an amalgamation of the articles, with the comments peppered in. This shifted the "feel" for me in a way I did not like, much as the "public execution" shifted the "feel" for others.
Which program are you in? I found a disparate number of programs offer full funding and stipends across Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Communication disciplines for both doctorate and masters degrees, with their acceptances on (www.thegradcafe.com)'s results section. If there is no funding available in your field, I would recommend looking into other Graduate Assistantships that are not program specific, perhaps on the administrative side of campus (many offer full tuition waivers with the minimum graduate assistant pay, which on my campus is a floor of 10.25 an hour).
Also, the second post on the subject this week with no counterpoint argument leaves the site with a fairly anti-intellectual stand point against further education (which, I assume, many contributors would strongly disagree with including those who support this post).
Finally, some masters and almost all PhDs are fully funded with a stipend (even in the humanities!) so the debt argument is vastly over-pronounced in these arguments. Yes, some students self-finance; however, many achieve their PhD and masters completely for free through TAs, RAs, Lab positions, Writing Lab assignments, GAs, grants, and fellowships.
Unless of course it favors multi-national corporations, like in Citizens United. Then over reach like a mother fucker. Supreme Court Justices gotta eat, too!