This piece by Valerie Strauss for the Washington Post is a mustread for anyone interested in education. She discusses the influence of Bill Gates on education and health care and the consequences, but also the fact he had to admit that most of his efforts didn’t had the expected results…
On health care:
The Microsoft co-founder seemed humbled that, despite an investment of $1 billion, none of the projects funded under the Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges” banner has yet made a significant contribution to saving lives and improving health in the developing world.
The foundation’s metrics for assessing success or failure within the Grand Challenges program have not been made public. But after a decade and nearly a billion dollars spent on more than 1500 projects aimed at solving the philanthropy’s select Grand Challenges, not a single project has been judged a Grand Slam, or even a home run.
And on education? Check the article!