Our human ability to learn sets us apart as a species. While it is probably dangerous to think of everything in economic terms, the importance of learning is obviously critical in the new, knowledge-based economy. Unfortunately, education is also an enormous industry with entrenched interests and resulting disputes about who pays what to whom. In the words of one educator: " education cannot hope to move beyond its present state on the chassis of 18th century education". We need to consider how to better serve the needs of students and educators alike and break away from the current impasse between politicized teachers and politicians.