July 30, 2015
Yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon on the computer and the phone doing some research about how to get a doctorate degree. Yes, at 71, I am considering a doctorate!
I spoke with two universities about their online programs that would lead to either a D. Ed. (Doctorate of Education) or a PH. D. (Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology/Education). Since I love research and creative endeavors, I have been doing a lot of thinking and writing.(Including my memoir Grace for Gypsy Girls, under my pen name Ann Naedele)
My question to myself is this: At my age do I need this degree for some higher purpose, or do I need this degree to satisfy ego for the lifelong work I have done in education over 38 years of teaching?
My answer: If I could effect change in our approach and implementation of a new educational system by any other means than acquiring a doctorate, I would feel fulfilled in life.
In conclusion, a doctorate degree costs between $42,000 and $100,000 which I do not have nor know how to acquire. Therefore, I am going to use my blog and eventually a scholarly book to prove that the educational system of today can be better for all children under my plan.
So readers, be prepared. My blog is going to take on a new topic soon. I know there are tons of retired educators out there that have great ideas about this issue. Perhaps with some collaboration and creativity we can set the world on fire with a new philosophy of education. My first blog will give you my mission state.
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