Idea whose time has come
I am concerned that so much money is being earmarked into hardware, on-line delivery and other hard things that we are neglecting to look at the system as a whole.
The KIPP story illustrates that with good teachers and process redesign like, longer hours, more discipline, enrolling parents, etc. low income children can perform at par with the rest. One of the key ingredients was motivated passionate teachers whose hard work was appreciated and rewarded.
Now Simple and Cheap technology can provide a great assist and incredible leverage in all of these efforts. And we should make the Teachers well versed with technology tools so that they can pass it to the next generation
The one idea that can be implemented today for an impact tomorrow is: A passionate, motivated person who has the aptitude and interest in teaching, sound training in the principles of education and use of technology to leverage his/her talents with business acumen to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in education/training.
But that is precisely the sketch of our Learning Facilitator!