Rather than expecting student access to a teacher for a full day, we’ll emphasize the efficiency of them working on their computer assignments for many blocks, and having direct contact with the teacher for a tiny portion of the day.

We’re not going to make the jump to Artificial Intelligence learning coaches in one fell swoop. We realize we need to normalize digital education first. And these austerity budgets and chronic teacher shortages are going to help with that. Soon there simply won’t be enough teachers available, and tech will come to the rescue. Parents still expect some teacher presence. But with hybrid learning, students are spending more and more time working on their own with devices in the classroom. It’s all in how you sell it. We’ll call it hybrid and people probably won’t recognize their children are being cheated out of human contact.