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S5-Ep296 - The OG – Bill Gates

October 19, 2019

  I want to launch a mini-series. But not as a separate channel, and it really won’t seem that different than the normal episodes, but I the next 3 days should be focused loosely around education. This is more of a ‘big ideas’ series versus specific storytelling with my kids. So listen, absorb, decide for yourself and enjoy.

 I respect Bill Gates. He's the OG of making something out of yourself. Zuckerberg may be the biggest thing since 2007, but Bill did it old school. He made a real physical product (a computer – many computers) and he was smarter than everyone else on the virtual side too. He wasn’t only good at that, he was good at scaling up a company that was later sued by many governments for monopolistic practices. He's done it. He's turned an idea (we all have ideas) into something real. Respect.

 And when he shifted his focus, fame, and friendships into philanthropy, well he became a legend. But he chose to take on the monster of education. What could go wrong?

   And as a son of a public school teacher, I’ve seen some, not all, of the inner workings of the education system.

Bill has spent 1.xx billion dollars trying to reform our school system and he's come up short. 1.xx billion!!

And it comes down to it, I think Bill missed a very crucial point about these kids. And that is that parents are their first, and main teachers.

There’s a book called “Hillbilly Elegy”, by JD Vance and a small section in there wraps up best what fearless leader Bill Gates missed.

In the book, when JD goes back to speak to the teachers at his old school, a teacher says, "They want us to be shepherds to these kids. But no one wants to talk about the fact that many of them are raised by wolves."

Don't be a wolf.