, 01.02.2024 03:40 PM

My latest: we don’t need that kind of education

“We don’t need no education.”

It’s ironic, and telling, that the author of that 1979 Pink Floyd lyric was Roger Waters. Waters is a musician, but he is also one of the most notorious Jew-haters on the planet.

He dresses up in Nazi-style uniforms for shows, he refuses to eat what he calls “Jew food,” he’s been quoted going on about “dirty kikes,” and he says “the Jewish lobby” controls the music industry. Among other things.

And, as he wrote for his band, “we don’t need no education.” It was deliberately ungrammatical (perhaps) and meant to be ironic (probably). But, these days, it rings true, although not in the way the anti-Semite Roger Waters meant it.

How else to react to the presidents of some of the world’s most prestigious universities – Harvard, M.I.T. – shrugging about anti-Semitism on their campuses, and refusing to say that promoting genocide against Jews isn’t against the rules?

How else to read about the rape crisis centre at the University of Alberta denying that Israeli women and girls were the victims of sexual violence on October 7 and thereafter? Or police being needed to escort Jewish students at McGill University – or more security being secured for Jews at UBC, Simon Fraser and U Vic?

How else to regard attacks on Jewish students at Concordia University in Montreal, and a Concordia “humanities” professor screaming at a Jewish student that she was “a whore” – and telling her to “go back to Poland” (a slur that was shouted at Jews at a counter-protest in Toronto on the long weekend)?

How else to react to the case of teacher Javier Davila, who continues to be employed by Canada’s largest school board, even after promoting the work of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a listed terror group in Canada?

Says lawyer and human rights advocate Michael Teper, who has complained to Ontario’s teacher college about Davila: “Ontario’s public classrooms are for learning and building critical thinking skills, not for propaganda.  Staff members such as Javier Davila, who abuse their positions and public resources to tout their own beliefs, should be shown the door.”

And so on, and so on. Our places of higher learning, increasingly, have become seen as places of ignorance and hate. A recent poll conducted for The Economist magazine, for example, came up with some shocking results:

• Twenty per cent of American respondents age 18 to 29 think that the Holocaust is a myth
• Thirty per cent of the same age group said they “do not know” if the Holocaust is a myth
• Nearly 30 per cent of young Americans think “Jews wield too much power” – five times what those who are 65 and older believe

Those results reinforce what this writer has reported weeks ago: a Fall poll conducted by Harvard University found that more than 50 per cent of Americans between 18 and 24 believe Hamas’ pogroms were “justified.”

Holocaust denial and wide support for Jew-hating homicidal maniacs: are the universities solely to blame? Perhaps not, says The Economist: “In our poll, the proportion of respondents who believe the Holocaust its a myth is similar across all levels of education.”

The main culprit, it seems, is social media – specifically TikTok, which is the number one search engine for Generation Z.

The Pew Research Center has found that the under-thirty generation trusts social media more than mainstream media – and that a third of them actually get all their news from TikTok. Meanwhile, the data-intelligence firm Generation Lab has concluded that those who use TikTok are much more likely to hold anti-Semitic views.

It can’t be disputed that educational institutions – from a school board in Toronto, to Harvard in the U.S. – have been largely indifferent to the growth of hateful ideologies in and out of the classroom. It’s also accepted that the promoters of ancient hatreds have sought, and obtained, employment as teachers and professors.

But educational institutions, it seems, are not solely to blame. Social media generally – and China’s TikTok, in particular – have made a bad situation far, far worse.

“We don’t need no education,” sure.

But, more than that, we don’t need no TikTok, either.


  1. Martin Dixon says:

    Institutions of “higher learning” are pretty well Ponzi schemes now. With calls to have the feds bail out the victims of said schemes and forgive their debt. As long as people like this remain in charge, they will have a lot of purging to do:


  2. Warren,

    Now this is a bit tricky. If I recall correctly, TikTok has already been banned on American and Canadian government computers and devices.

    Maybe they need to declare it as an organization that abets terrorism. It’s not like they’re licensed in Canada, as far as I know.

    • Jason says:

      We live in an era where malignant and irrational distrust of anything government does is both reflexive and epidemic. Consider a few facts:

      – Governments of the world spend billions collectively trying to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten.
      – Ask your average Gen Z about the Holodomor or Khmer Rouge or even Rwandan genocide, and you’ll get an ignorant shrug.
      – Ask the same kids about the Holocaust, and they recognize that the powers thay be really WANT them to absorb the message of anti-semitism being evil and awful… all while the same powers do very little to recognize or end the plight of damn near every other forced relocation or ethnic cleansing on Earth, including the one that took place in our own damn country (until very recently).

      The laser focus on one issue creates the same distrust on the left as what you see on the right, where they push back reflexively with claims of fraud or even treason anytime someone mentions climate change or emissions or DEI initiatives or tax increases or what have you. If the government wants it, it must be fake, or evil, or both.

      It’s all part of the same problem, and you hit the nail on the head with TikTok – but left out literally any other social media platform out there. The human brain simply can’t comprehend the scope of social media. You connect with a few hundred like-minded individuals on anything, and suddenly it’s very easy to believe you’re a part of the “unseen majority,” even if 6 billion others think your views are cancerous. Then it festers, then it grows.

      I frankly don’t see us fixing it with anything short of destroying the Internet and AI. Which is to say, I’m not at all optimistic this ends well. Or that it even ends.

  3. AndrewT says:

    It took one of the most pro-Trump crazies to expose the moral rot at the heart of higher education.

    The irony.

  4. Pipes says:

    I didnt know that about Waters, I just tossed my Pink Floyd Album, 8 Track, Cassette, CD and MP4.

  5. Curious V says:

    The moment she hesitated about bullying and intimidation of Jewish students when asked if it was against school policy – how could you hesitate? That was her que to hit the door.

    • Curious V,

      Lawyers…more often than not the epitome of London fog. Those two fell for the legalese bullshit and it cost them both their job and more importantly, their reputation. But the lawyers are happy.

    • Gloriosus et Liber says:

      More than that, it was the blatant hypocrisy of going after faculty and students hammer and tongs for the slightest offence, truth be damned, yet saying antisemitic actions needed context before determining if someone would run afoul of student behaviour policies.

      That and their smirking condescending replies to the MAGA Republicans on the committee. The Ivy League presidents managed to make those ass-hats look good.

  6. Peter Williams says:

    An interesting take on this from Bill Ackman


    It’s well worth a read.

  7. PJH says:

    For those women at the Rape Crisis Centre at the U of A., this should be required reading. I did not know about the article until today, and thought perhaps, with Mr. Kinsella’s permission, it should be shared.
    Warning: It is extremely graphic

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