[Making and learning are moving towards a merger][ml]. I don’t know who the person behind the Getting Smart website is, but the post is a useful synthesis of a number of recent efforts, or at least impulses, in this direction. While I wholeheartedly agree that education should be more facilitative, rather than instructional, than it currently is, I do wonder if all these advocates have considered the costs involved: facilitation requires a much higher number of teachers to work with smaller groups of students, so that the needs of each student, and their diverse groups, can be addressed individually and collectively. Personally, I’m all for it, and it’s the kind of teaching I enjoy the most, but I do wonder about the viability given the current economic landscape to cut education budgets, to impose more and more standardization, and, thus, to remove the teacher from any kind of interactive and/or proactive role in education.