Quoted: Peter Thiel embraces college — one class, at least

“It’s hypocritical, but I’m not surprised. . . . The same people who go around bashing education are the most educated. What’s he going to do? Tell students, ‘When you graduate from my class, drop out right after that?'”

— Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center of Corporate Governance, according to Reuters, on a spring-semester class taught by Silicon Valley tech investor Peter Thiel, who has famously derided the value of a college education. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, has made billions investing in companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Zynga, and has said would-be entrepreneurs are better off spending money on their own startups than on college tuition and loans. Thiel’s class, titled “Computer Science 183: Startup,” is already full, and has the Stanford campus abuzz. “He’s challenging us to look at our education here in a different way,” electrical engineering major Nruthya Madappa said.

 

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