The New Master's Degree

Turns out I was right in saying that it seems like grad school is more commonplace.  In fact, according to the New York Times, the number awarded has doubled since 1980, and programs are becoming increasingly diverse and specialized.  If I had to rethink my choice of an MAT (unlikely, since my school pays my tuition and will increase my salary when I'm through) I'd be tempted by one or two of the following:

Cultural Sustainability is offered at Goucher College, practically in my backyard; dedicated to preserving the native customs of communities threatened by modernization and globalization, an admirable aim for education if ever there were one.  Ishi in Two Worlds was one of the saddest books I've ever read -- the story of an indigenous culture forced to normalize itself.

Construction Management is finally making it big as a more worldly and multifaceted alternative to "strict" architecture.  One of my good friends had a career in this field before starting to teach.  It's pretty fascinating: a combination of business, design and psychology.

Education Leadership, the first new degree program at Harvard in 74 years, would probably be my top choice.  Charter schools are one of the most exciting new developments on the educational horizon, but I've heard just as many horror stories as success stories.  And what about non-charter schools that just, plainly, need a lot of help?

I'll tell you what I would never, ever want to do: be a Cyber Ninja.  As cool as it would be to have any kind of ninja experience on my resume, I can't stomach the thought of using PCs on a regular basis!