Key Points Made in Learning Scenes

Here, for reference, are key points made in particular Learning Scenes throughout the book. The bracketed number is the scene number in which the point is illustrated—clickable except for Learning Scenes not yet released.


  • Future learning is visual, on-demand, and responsive.   [2]
  • Future learning systems will help us get what we want, the way we want it.   [5]
  • Individuals will have a more nuanced understanding of self, as ancestors help them see where they came from.    [21]
  • We will learn how to teach about wealth, a prerequisite to understanding both inequality and economics more generally.    [31]
  • Memorizing the three branches is not understanding government. New "bottom-up" expositions are necessary and will become standard.    [33]
  • Citizens need to understand Economics, and new non-boring methods—including interactive movies and simulations—will make it possible to understand this complex topic.    [37]
  • Simulations will also make it possible to understand taxation and its drivers, a subject that today is negotiated via crude partisan slogans.    [39]
  • Investment in massive multimedia learning resources, designed to have very long shelf-lives, will provide highly productive experiences for social studies.    [45]



  • Moral reasoning will be center stage when kids are taught about government.    [13]
  • Our history will be made to come alive for young learners, not just in presentation but in personal interaction.    [19]
  • Students discussing Current Events will always be a critical part of Civics education.    [23]
  • Students' perspectives about the world will be very different when cross-geography group projects are commonplace.    [29]



  • Personal learning assistants will be amazingly smart and competent.    [4]
  • Citizens will be seduced into participating in deeply-informed public debates about national issues.    [7]
  • Users of personal learning assistant systems will not be manipulated when they do not wish to be.    [11]
  • Mock elections are useful for wide-eyed kids. Though, with accumulating life experience, adults need knowledge deficits addressed in ways suitable for adults.    [35]
  • Understanding personal finance and social insurance must at minimum be made less painful. Earlier understanding of it can lead to greater accountability.    [41]
  • New kinds of interactive case studies will transform education for the professions.    [43]


Politics and Society

  • Political ads are always challenged.    [5]
  • Political Science's understanding of voter motivation and self identity will expand.    [9]
  • Government will be compelled to explain itself to every category of citizens.    [17]
  • Granting the human limits of language and of tribalism, a more "administrative" form of government in the far future can be imagined.    [27]


Learning Design

  • The power of instructional design is realized and is supported with resources commensurate with its power.    [15]
  • Instructional design processes will observe and predict cognitive effects with increasing accuracy and experiential results.    [16]
  • Technology and interactive design techniques for understanding complex systems will ratchet understanding quickly.    [25]