Money is power.
Power is money.
Bill Gates has too much of both.
Valerie Strauss gets it—that Bill Gates is not what education needs: “Education reform should not be driven by private philanthropists with their own agendas, however well-intentioned.”
Ultimately, the problem is Gates’s view of the world. And there is no better way to express that view than the chess scene in Mel Brooks’s History of the World Part I:
To Gates, this is a game; he has no real consequences before him.
To students, parents, and teachers, this is our lives.
It isn’t funny, and it isn’t justifiable.