I followed the rules, and I was a high achiever.
Technology will eventually destroy the way schools are run now.
I'm not too worried about that. I am a big believer in modeling.
When kids play, they are working on imagining the kind of world we live in.
And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy, you have to accept responsibility.
Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy, for instance, is a relatively young idea - only about 300 years old in this country.
You can't make someone learn something - you really can't teach someone something - they have to want to learn it. And if they want to learn, they will.
In traditional schools, you're penalized for making a mistake. But that won't work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today.
Kids are finding out about the potential for discovery online from other sources; many of them have computers at home, for instance, or their friends have them.
If you watch young children play, you will notice that they create games, characters, situations, whole worlds in which they immerse themselves with intense concentration.