at Making Systemic Changes in Education
I don’t mean the feeling of self-confidence which every accomplished person should have and has. I mean the unsupported belief that “If I managed to become rich I will manage to solve anything”.
There is a wide spread, commonly assumed misunderstanding that the quality of the projects selected by philanthropists depends on the quality (professionalism, motivation, experience, ...) of the author's of those projects.
That is wrong.
The quality of the projects selected by philanthropists depends on the quality (professionalism, motivation, experience, ...) of the judges selecting those projects. And no one - not a single
philanthropist - has a SYSTEM in place which would assess the quality of the decisions made by the judges.There are no clear and specific criteria, and no followup analysis of who made the decisions, what decisions were made, and how did it play out later - at least in the open (despite declaring the opennes in the funcioning of their foundation).
In 1823 Russian diploman and wirter Alexander Griboyedov wrote a play "Woe from Wit".
Every russian school student had to learn the monologof the main caracter of the plain, whichbegins from he question: "And who are the judjes?" (translation may vary).