False Analogy Examples

False Analogy
False Analogy - when a comparison is made between two ideas or objects that seemingly have similar characteristics, but the comparison does not hold up. The characteristics of the two things actually differ in the area that is being compared.
Examples of False Analogy:

1. Historically, public schools have done very well, so the problems of public schools today-lack of achievement, lack of discipline - are due to ineffective teachers. (Reality: Public schools have only been truly inclusive of all students since the mid-1900's; also, achievement standards have been raised over time.)

2. The private school down the street has better teachers and children get a better education because 100% of their seniors get into a college. (Reality: The private school only has to accept some students, not all.)

3. That group of teenagers is up to no good - they are out after dark, and they are wearing dark clothes and baggy pants. (Reality: This is a stereotype - the group of teenagers could be a sports team or church group.)

4. People who cannot go without their coffee every morning are no better than alcoholics.

Examples of False Analogies from Speech, Literature, or Advertisement

1. "That's why, under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance -- just as most states require you to carry auto insurance. Likewise, businesses will be required to either offer their workers health care, or chip in to help cover the cost of their workers." President Obama on Universal Health Coverage (some feel that health insurance and car insurance are different on many fundamental aspects, and this is a bad comparison)

2. Women will be attracted to you if you wear Axe cologne or use Axe bath wash. (Axe commercial)

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