This is a deeply anti-intellectual message.
He’s telling people that school is irrelevant. He starts off with history, and actually makes a good point: that history is often taught poorly, with a narrow focus. That’s a complaint about the quality of the teaching, and I think it’s good to encourage students to demand better of their instructors.
But then it gets weird. He starts complaining about the subjects themselves: no one needs to know any math beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and how does he know? Because he’s a satirist on television who doesn’t understand logarithms, and he’s just fine.
OK, granted, you don’t need to understand mathematics to make fun of mathematics on TV, and in fact, it probably helps to be ignorant if you want to do that. But lots of professions do use mathematics beyond the basics of arithmetic. You want to go into science or engineering? Better know algebra, calculus, logarithms, trig, and it’s undercutting education to say otherwise.
And let’s say your passion is history or literature (we need those disciplines, too!): you’re a better person with a deeper understanding of how the world works if you know a little bit more math than the minimal, just as the science types are better people for knowing literature and art and history.
Don’t get me started on his treatment of biology. All you’ll remember is the smell of the preservatives soaking the frogs you dissect? You know nothing, John Oliver.
It’s not something to be proud of, either.