The Education Fallacy
It has been my experience that students often
misunderstand how the educational process operates. There are a variety
reasons for these misunderstandings, many of which are an outcome of how
students are "trained" in pre-college programs. We will focus
herein on a major fallacy that persists related to the value of a
college degree. I call this the Education Fallacy (see the figure
- Students, when candid, will often express a belief that a college
degree has a fixed value in the marketplace. That is, an accounting
bachelor's degree is worth only so much, a marketing degree is worth
only so much, etc.
- Therefore, students often reason that the degree has a fixed value
regardless of their own individual initiative and effort.
- If the degree has a fixed value independent of their own efforts,
it is IRRATIONAL to perform beyond the minimum requirements for any
specific course or program of studies.