When Microsoft comes out with XBOX 360 and Google starts developing simulation technology form their gargantuan library resources for educational curriculum, we will see the cost of education go down around the world. We will no longer need the silly school districts scattered around various nations and we will see the cost per child go down. Students will learn via virtual reality and will understand the subject matter better by virture of seeing how and interacting with the discipline.
If the cost of learning goes down then education will cost less due to the end of high dollar positions such as Superintendents (in Texas they cost us over 1 billion dollars) and other highly paid administrative educators cost us about the same. If kids learn at their home workstations, think of the savings in school transportation and overhead not to mention the cost of building new schools. There is no reason to use this old form of educational delivery anymore.
I remember when the darkroom went away for photography when Adobe put it in the computer (photoshop). Who needs a darkroom when you have something 100 times better and faster. Publications all around the nation shut down their darkrooms when the operation could be accomplished digitally. The same is about to happen to education. Who needs schools and all the crap that lines up behind the delivery system when one can obtain a better education online and join a larger community for learning via the cyber-classroom.
If Bill Gates wants to, he can create the most advanced means of learning in history. It would give us the kick in the afterburners that we need to create a Phase two civilization. Virtual Reality and Simulation technology is the power of tomorrow.
I have worked on this means for over 20 years now. I think it is about to happen. Anybody for a game of Halo 3?
I firmly believe Gates needs to think about buying Google before Google buys him. Of course my dream would be for Gates, Google, Jobs, Lucas and Spielberg to form an organization for the collective development of this new means of experiencing knowledge and wisdom...with the ability to insert all political and social conditions in a gestalt way so one could see the best tangent to take within any simulation using Virtual Reality.