One of the inspirations behind my vision for 21st century learning is one of our nation’s great thought leaders in the area of games and learning, Merrilea Mayo, PhD. Merrilea is Director of Future of Learning Initiatives at the Kauffman Foundation. She has worked tirelessly to promote the research about how video games can lead to successful learning outcomes, particularly as it relates to science and engineering. She is one of the most selfless professionals I have had the pleasure of working with, and all she wants is to be heard, and for education to improve in the United States and abroad. I am attaching an article she recently published in the January 2009 issue of Science Magazine, and I hope you find it as thought-provoking as I do. Enjoy.