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1. One of the most important things I learned was the power of video games as learning engines after I lost all my hair learning to learn to play them as an “old man.” I learned both of things from my then 6-year-old son, Sam (now 17). He and other young people are crucial to my learning network and are often my teachers; culture changes so quickly today that it is impossible for us old people to be experts all by ourselves.

2. Our society is a highly unequal, evidence-denying mess. It is pointless to reform schools without also reforming society, so I think everyone’s learning network should include both good people on learning and good people on society. Lately, I have learned a lot from Christopher Hayes and his important book, “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.”

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Hmm. Reform society before we reform education? That's an interesting concept.

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