WATCH: Jordan Peterson criticizes 'woke' education, announces new academy
'I think that if you set up an education system that's designed to do nothing but demoralize young people and to convince them that their ambition is dangerous... then you're going to get exactly that.'
In a recent interview on Fox News’ “One Nation,” hosted by Brian Kilmeade, psychologist and author Dr. Jordan Peterson provided a critical perspective on the challenges faced by Generation Z in the workforce, the state of the education system, and his mission to fight the far-left “woke” agenda in schools.
The conversation began with Peterson expressing concern about a new study showing that 2023 hires are unprepared for work. He stated, “I think that if you set up an education system that’s designed to do nothing but demoralize young people and to convince them that their ambition is dangerous... then you’re going to get exactly that.”
Peterson criticized conservatives for allowing faculties of education to control teacher certification for the last 60 years, saying, “I cannot understand why conservatives have been daft enough to allow the faculties of education to retain their hammer lock on teacher certification for the last 60 years. It’s insane.” He described these faculties as the “most woke element” of universities and blamed them for the current state of education.
He also discussed the left’s influence on education, stating, “One of their goals was the capture of educational institutions, and that’s happened completely... conservatives who tend to get lost in the details and handed all the young people to the faculties of Education.”
On the topic of accommodations for students with disabilities, Dr. Peterson expressed concern, saying, “The problem with the accommodation hypothesis is something like the advantage is well, you want to do what you can to help people... but the problem with the accommodation hypothesis is well, what happens when you have an actual problem to solve? You’re not going to be accommodated.”
Peterson shared information about his upcoming online school, Peterson Academy, stating, “We’ve got about 30 courses recorded so far... we’re trying to find the best lectures in the world... we hope we’ll be ready to roll in November.” He emphasized the importance of ensuring that graduates have learned what they aimed to learn and have done the proper work.