Well he did say—in the preceding paragraph—that he was adjusting them to show them as actions. So he isn’t trying to say they are the four noble truths. Let’s at least give him that. And he wouldn’t be the first to modify the dhamma in an attempt to simplify it, thereby obscuring it even further—that’s been happening for 2000 years. At least he admitted it beforehand which doesn’t completely mislead people. Having said that, his attempt is crap.
Some additional words for the university: When faced with such a massive body of literature (and a great deal of hot air) it is difficult to know what to choose to represent it. Obviously it is best to start with something simple. However Mr. Whateverhisface’s book has made a critical error with a concept that is supposed to represent the whole what the Buddha taught. Setting people up with confusing, streamlined information can make further understanding very daunting. I think it would be beneficial and responsible to provide material that does not take such careless risks and provides a bland and simple knowledge base which—contrary to popular belief—will better prepare people for what they will encounter if they choose to study further.
Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house - pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not build a house again, all your beams have given away, rafters of the ridge decayed, mind to the unconditioned gone, exhaustion of craving has it reached.(Dhp - 153, 154)