Who wins this race?

As it happens, those with unimaginable sums of money arrogate to themselves some errant challenge to transform the world. The richest man on earth, Bill Gates, spends billions of dollars on ostensibly worthy causes. Eradicating malaria obviously counts.

More recently Mr. Gates placed a few billion on mitigating climate change, which he rightly considers an existential threat to much of the globe’s inhabitants.

My question, posed in the lede, is whether his efforts to systematically destroy—er, reform—public education will reach the finish line before the earth ends poorly.