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Julian L Faust Ph.D. (Sept. 3, 2016)

Ironic isn’t it? William Shakespeare (born circa: April 23, 1564) widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time; received his only formal education at the: King’s School at Stratford (an ‘Elementary’, or primary school.) It is important to note: Shakespeare did not attend university. He did not have a university degree or even an Honorary Doctorate degree.  Consider carefully and critically this last statement. (Harvard University-value of the Honorary Doctorate)

Shakespeare, unequivocally a genius and born over 450 years ago; this undisputed master of the art of expression, articulation; prose and poetry would have been denied entry into the so-called sacrosanct “Halls of wisdom and learning” as currently plague the educational world.

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In the context of today’s elitist, pretentious and biased educational systems; with the tremendous amount of control they exert over society and the extreme wealth they collect; the inimitable William Shakespeare, even after creating the body of literature which he did; would not have been permitted entry into a single graduate (Masters) or post graduate (Doctoral) program in any college/university today, by virtue of the fact that he did not possess a simple scrap of paper (diploma) from a supercilious Bachelor’s degree program administered by some mundane, yet pompous, pedantic, pedagogue from a ‘recognized’ school of ‘higher’ learning.

When I say “recognized” think of the usual definition and the ‘awe’ with which society views these deified institutions.  This attitude of ‘splendor’ and superiority which spawns a state similar to religious worship engenders admiration and esteem.  This ‘system’ has become thoroughly entrenched world-wide through many centuries of: propaganda, disinformation, government endorsement-indoctrination, and institutional proselytism.  If you’re not part of the unrivaled, condescending, insidious in-crowd, you are ostracized; so better play by their rules, or else!

The ‘Best’ or so called “Ivy League” Universities and many other schools in the United States, have always been associated with a “pro-rich policy” and a product of the privileged, ‘upper crust’ elite of society, university management and the government.  This has always proven beneficial to those ‘elite few’ able to participate due to an accident of their own birth; but if you weren’t part of ‘the club’; or if your parents/associates hadn’t gained some notoriety or claim to fame, you were destined to a life of mediocrity.  Gaining an education in the U.S. should not be a “Debt Sentence”. ( Nation.com article)

Truth be told, Shakespeare didn’t have formal education on his side, but was self-taught and he was quite the entrepreneur as well as astute businessman.  He was popular not only because of his wit, intellect and ability to edify and entertain…but because he possessed a faculty of “self-promotion”.  Being self-taught, Shakespeare was essentially a self-made man.  In this life-long process of “teaching himself”…he picked up all sorts of invaluable information which is not taught in any school; then or now.   Good old non-conformist William was eventually able to influence the King to sponsor his theater and theater group; thus earning great acclaim, as well as the prestige, influence and wealth that went along with it.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?  [Shakespeare ~ Hamlet Act 3 scene 1]

The “outrageous fortune” today is the ludicrous price paid for a “formal education” (2016).  In the U.S. for example, you cannot even think of traditional undergrad school (to earn a ‘mere’ Bachelor’s degree) without having to consider tuition fees of $20-40,000/for one academic school year! Keep in mind you’ll have to complete 4 of these years to graduate with your Bachelors degree.  (Ok!  Very competitive marketplace.  Everyone has a Bachelors degree…to compete you need a Masters or a Doctorate.  More Money!)

Shakespeare goes on to say: “Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them?”  I am taking license to use this soliloquy and apply it to present day education and like W Shakespeare, use it for self promotion.  How indeed to: ‘End this sea of troubles?”  Easy. If you are of average to above average intelligence, have a modicum of experience and possess the desire to succeed; there are options today as simple as an: online college university degree, or an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

Something else quite relevant today which the ‘immortal bard’ said:

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. 
Shakespeare leaves us with:  “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”  Take action.  Save yourself…for no one else will do it for you in this money motivated, profit incentive dominated, avaricious educational milieu.

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