Steven Singer has noticed some striking similarities among corporate reformers: they didn’t do well in school. Others have noted that most of them went to elite private schools.

Scott Walker dropped out of Marwuette University with only a year to go; no one knows why. His grades were mediocre.

Campbell Brown went to private schools and was kicked out of her high school.

Bill Gates, as is well known, dropped out of Harvard.

Singer wonders whether they are angry at teachers because of their personal failures.

He wonders:

“Are these former bad students more interested in fixing the perceived problems they see with the system? Or are they consciously or unconsciously seeking revenge against a system that found them to be inadequate?”