It's been like this for a while. The autodidacts just tend to get nervous and defensive when topics like higher education come around. It reminds them that they're not actually scientists, engineers, mathematicians, or whatever else they fancy themselves.
It's sad, really. Just let them have their play-pretend time. Articles like this don't come around more than once or twice a year. Let them feel good about their bad decisions for a while. They need it.