Ever since Bill and Melinda got away from making bad software and began building a bad non-profit, the country and the world have been treated to the thoughts and wishes of the godmother of Microsoft Bob. The only thing more infuriating than having to endure the hectoring of a soulless nerd who thinks he can solve the world’s problems is taking it from his trophy wife.
In 2019, Melinda released the obligatory feminist tract that female dot com tycoons were putting out at the time, titled, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.”
There was no sense of irony in a woman who was only rich, famous, and powerful because she had caught the eye of an obnoxious tech tycoon writing about empowering women. …
When people think of philanthropy, they imagine money going to people, but a lot of the Gates fortune went into policy. Instead of funding people, they funded assorted political agendas up their alley.
They admit they failed with education:
A ton of money from the college dropout tycoon and his trophy wife went into education where the duo managed to trash everything from K-12 schooling to the SATs. Meanwhile politicians, the experts they funded, and the media hailed them as visionaries even though they had no idea what they were doing. And what they did do was make American education even worse.
After years of giving talks and speeches to their own organizations about the amazing progress being made, Bill and Melinda made a different sort of statement last year with their letter.
“Why We Swing for the Fences”, issued in 2020, had one of those ubiquitous mantra titles that Big Tech companies use to spin their momentous failures as aspirational victories. …
The letter admitted to its “share of disappointments, setbacks, and surprises”.
“When it comes to U.S. education, though, we’re not yet seeing the kind of bottom-line impact we expected. The status quo is still failing American students,” Melinda argued.
But the status quo is the common core and equity nightmare they helped create. There’s plenty of bottom-line impact from the Gates money. It’s just bad.
After two decades of doing this, Melinda admitted that, “one thing that makes improving education tricky is that even among people who work on the issue, there isn’t much agreement on what works and what doesn’t.”
Maybe they should have considered that admission of ignorance before they used their vast fortune to force their ideas on millions of parents and children around the country?
“Are charter schools good or bad? Should the school day be shorter or longer? Is this lesson plan for fractions better than that one?” they wrote. “It’s also hard to isolate any single intervention and say it made all the difference.”
That momentary admission that they had no idea what they’ve been talking about for two decades after upending the country’s education system didn’t stop them from continuing to push their preferred policies anyway. …
Listen up, new tech titans who control the world’s conversation:
There’s also a lesson in humility there for their younger peers like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the industry in which college dropouts make a fortune from a product, and decide that hitting a niche at the right time makes them superior beings qualified to run the world.
Leftism writ large. They simplify the world too much, but go ahead and implement grand schemes anyway, arrogantly sure they understand it enough. The humbler conservative approach of incremental changes guided by what worked and what didn’t is not their way.