This is a must-read for anyone who has gone, is currently in, or is thinking about going to college or heading back for another advanced degree.
The article is fairly American-centric and doesn't consider the challenges some students face either getting access to a Liberal-Arts education or the reality of needing a degree that all but guarantees them a good job immediately upon graduation (that can be a bit tougher for those of us with seemingly vague degrees like Women's Studies). But those missing pieces aside, this is such an important message for students (all students) to get.
The world is not an illustrative case study written by your finance professor.
Business is not conducted in a vacuum.
Humans do not all behave in exact accordance with a white guy's 100 year-old philosophical theory.
People are complicated and the world is ever-changing.
There is no such thing as one right answer. If your guiding question is "does it maximize shareholder value?" then you've missed the point. If you dive into theory instead of walking outside, looking around, and talking to other humans living the reality of a certain situation then you've missed the point.
Models are valuable but they're just that, models. Not reality.
Nuance and grey areas are where things get really interesting. So get out there and start asking the big questions. I promise it will pay off.