“Scalability” might be a great goal for technology, but it’s not the best model for education. Research shows that as much as half the cost of educating a child goes to the administrative costs of operating a large school. Smaller is better. Sep Kamvar describes how we can build more holistic, nurturing schools for children, families, and teachers. To get there, he introduces the idea of creating things that reduce the need for themselves, and the idea of using software to unlock people’s natural capacities to shape the physical world around them. He then shows how a new kind of school, called Wildflower Montessori schools, arise naturally from these two concepts.