These are oversimplified examples of individualizing education, but just in tutoring our two kids over the years, I’ve seen how much better some approaches are for each learning style. For example, do I start with a big picture visual, show examples, and then explain? Or outline the specific steps, and then generalize the concept later?
A baby step towards individualized education may be creating custom search engines for different learning styles, levels, and interests. Combine that with the content tagging, syndication and personalization trends you see in services like digg, youtube, and delicious, and we could have a pretty good resource quickly. And ideally, making it easy to create and syndicate great material that’s used and rated around the world would encourage the celebration of “rock star” teachers. It’s worth a prototype.
p.s. – while experimenting with digg’s syndication, I posted a list of schools focused on dyslexia that I wish we’d had when we were looking.