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The anti-university video rant that is going viral

We’re not sure what or who is behind this video, but it’s getting a huge global audience – despite or because of its obvious confusions of fact and logic. See what you think.

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  1. Fallacy: is usually an error in reasoning often due to a misconception or a presumption.

  2. In today’s society and economy where where so many university educated people are out of work and forced to find creative ways to survive, a message that there is more than one way to become educated, or that university education is often stultifying and fails to unlock the creative process which could lead to real success in one’s endeavors has some validity and will resonate. I don’t see the video as being being rejectionist of education per se, though if that is the result, a lot of kids could end up shooting themselves in the foot.

  3. I think education is important. I felt educated by the young man on the screen. I liked his emotional tone. He is making a very good point. I think education is important.

  4. Laurence Glavin says:

    Beethoven was the son of a working-class musician in Bonn, Germany, far from the center of musical life in the German-speaking world, Vienna. The child had a little good fortune in that some of the working musicians there such as Neefe and Ries were very qualified to provide him with the early education in music needed to propel him to the top rank of musicians in the history of the world. Beethoven had trouble with everyday mathematics, yet every bar of music matched the count for that measure no matter the values of all the notes therein. On his own, he read translations of Shakespeare and even some German philosopy that would throw many a college graduate of today for a loop. Any schooling he would have received oin the late 1700s might not have been as frivolous as some schooling offered today, inasmuch as the Prussian model of training young people, especially boys, was very strict. Later in life, Beethoven was friendly with the foremost literary figure of the day, Goethe. It’s hard to conceive of a person of Goethe’s eminence spending time with someone unless that person’s mind dwelt in lofty realms. OK, Beethoven’s most famous pairing of text and music was inspired by Schiller, but Beethoven also set texts of Goether to music, eg the incidental music for “Egmont”.

  5. One of the great mistakes of my life was to return to university in 1961, to “finish” another 2 years of education for a degree. My reasons were the conventional ones; better job, completing something I’d begun earlier, reconciling home situation with family, all my friends had degrees, and so on.. Unfortunately I’d been developing as a writer in several genres, fiction, essays, poetry, for the previous 4 years, and could only be harmed by two more years of stultifying “learning”, which indeed is what happened.
    Two good things did come out of the ordeal: (1) A meeting with the novelist Kay Boyle, who arranged for a scholarship at the MacDowell Colony in the summer of 1962. (2) My one published novel, which is based on the experience of the total absurdity of so much of higher education. I could not have written it without 2 years of wasted time in school. It was published in France, but can be read in English at

  6. “Shakespeare was educated in the art of word that was written.”

    I’m afraid that it is this man’s own fault that he didn’t learn much of anything from his time in college (“I’m an educated man myself.”) Why young people take this time to squander all the resources that a university can offer is beyond me. Making a manipulative video and putting it on YouTube (complete with grammatical errors which would have been addressed in Freshman English) might give him a place in the meme-o-sphere, but it’s not going to replace what he neglected to learn in college. Some universities are better than others, and some professors are better than others, but it is up to the student to get everything he or she can from the tuition money s/he spends. Corporations are not people, and universities are not people either. A student who is having difficulty can always talk with a professor, and professors are people (my friend).

    I never went to college. I went to Juilliard, which is a trade school. I learned some practical stuff about music and a lot of social stuff about music there, and I did a lot of practicing, but I was only able to take a handful of academic classes that didn’t have to do with music (three, to be exact). I never used a typewriter, never wrote papers, and, as far as I can remember, I made it through with flying colors. After I graduated (and my mother didn’t come to my graduation either) I had to learn everything myself until I went to graduate school at age 40. It was a hard road, and the opportunity to take a history class or two, a philosophy class, or two, classes in the sciences, in languages (English as well as a language I didn’t speak) and even a math class would have made the larger questions of life less difficult to grapple with.

    I might have also chosen a path on which I might have made a real living.

  7. think the young man already has the solution to his conundrum. He would not benefit from a university education.

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