As I have said before regarding discussions such as this, galleries sell works based on what I call the "BS Back-story" (Or BSB-S, if you like.) Check out descriptions of photography, it's most often about how much insane effort the photographer expended (Wall, Crewson, Demand), or about the arcane or archaic technology (schools are pushing this - gum-bichromic, pinhole camera, camera-less works, etc, etc,), or just how flipping big the prints are. The image doesn't matter. So, the pile of prints cited above is irrelevant in the marketplace. It's only words, or personal attractiveness, or connections that have currency. So the schools that emphasize word-craft are at least being honest (in this regard) for the .01% of their students who may actually have a career in the arts. This leaves the photographer working out of personal commitment in a very lonely place.