The importance of academic credentials

ican going to graduate to now:

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….

I, who have no name, no opinions, and no style, have written so many papers at this point, including legal briefs, military-strategy assessments, poems, lab reports, and, yes, even papers on academic integrity, that it’s hard to determine which course of study is most infested with cheating. But I’d say education is the worst. I’ve written papers for students in elementary-education programs, special-education majors, and ESL-training courses. I’ve written lesson plans for aspiring high-school teachers, and I’ve synthesized reports from notes that customers have taken during classroom observations. I’ve written essays for those studying to become school administrators, and I’ve completed theses for those on course to become principals. In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence community is infiltrated by double agents.

You might want to keep this in mind the next time that someone tells you that he’s smarter than you because he has a science degree. Between the adherence to outdated and demonstrably false theories, the enlargement and concomitant devolution of the matriculating students, the grade inflation and the outright fraud, it is obvious that academic credentials mean absolutely nothing anymore regardless of which university has issued them. Consider what the following statement implies about the quality of doctorate and graduate degrees being cranked out by the paper mills.

“[A]t the time I was writing PhD papers and graduate theses for clients, I was myself an undergraduate student. Someone without a bachelors degree was writing work that should have qualified me to get a doctorate at least once a week.”