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 openness in the functioning of their foundation).
In 1823 Russian diplomat and writer Alexander Griboyedov wrote a play "Woe from Wit".
Every Russian school student had to learn the monologue of the main character of the plain, which begins from he question: "And who are the judjes?" (translation may vary).
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I am not an idiot or a reckless person. The reason I can allow myself writing what I think, even if that is perpendicular to commonly adopted and conventional views, is that my financial situation is sufficient and stable. Of course, as a normal person, I wouldn't mind making more money, or being involved in more interesting projects (as described in my generic resume). But I do not have to pretend to be someone I'm not to make my living.