Technically David Karp, the creator of Tumblr, is probably not worth a billion dollars but his company is to Yahoo. He’s probably walking away with several hundred million. But let’s not quibble with those numbers. The important thing is that he’s a dropout who started dropping out in high school. He didn’t even wait until college like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg or Michael Dell or Steve Jobs or Larry Ellison or need I go on? Nope. The education industrial complex is crumbling. His mother told Jenna Wortham at the NY Times:
But instead of trying to pry him away from his machine or coaxing him outside to get some fresh air, his mother, Barbara Ackerman, had another solution: she suggested that he drop out of high school to be home-schooled.
“I saw him at school all day and absorbed all night into his computer,” said Ms. Ackerman, reached by phone Monday afternoon. “It became very clear that David needed the space to live his passion. Which was computers. All things computers.”
But we still have the education industrial complex insisting that it creates talent and wealth through the mental gymnastics. I’m sure it works some of the time, but why are all of the control experiments doing better?