Education Shmeducation

The Shadow Scholar:

It truly was no problem. In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.

I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.

What does it say about graduate work when someone with no background in the field can write a thesis?

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Education bubble?

Education bubble?

Real degrees require

Real degrees require mathematics.

Ha! I had exactly the same

Ha! I had exactly the same thought, but didn't want to say it.

credential-ism is all most post graduate degrees are about

it is all a huge pile of crap. My apologies to those that drank the kool-aid and worked hard to gain a piece of credential.

I first noticed the credential craze when I authored a couple books on Java programming. All of a sudden I had invites to speak at Java One, etc. It was hilarious. A simple act of fulfilling a bucket list got me much notoriety. I spent like 2k a year on books in my field, I wanted to write one to make up for my expenses on books. McMillan accepted the outline, paid me, and bam, I had a credential. Crazy. I was the same guy all the way through. Same knowledge or lack of it. No change, but suddenly, I was credentialed. Same thing with advanced degrees. A sham. It comes down to the ability of the receiver to justify the credential. The credential itself is a key, but the entrant must prove themselves once entry is gained.