My guess is that the easiest way to deepen neural connections in a young person is to help them become actively involved in what they are learning, to help them develop precision hands as they practice thinking.
So now Obama has another chance and so do we. He must look far into the future to do what is right and so do we. And that future is another generation of students in our public schools better prepared to project our nation's strength.
The basis for all high-order, cognitive thinking in humans is founded upon two unique attributes in our physiology: A brain large and complex enough for symbolic abstraction in language and a hand capable enough for fine manipulation.
It is surprising that so much of the plasticity and ease of learning occurs during childhood, and I think that a major mistake is made by the educational establishment in NOT taking advantage of this opportunity to develop and enrich one's learning skills early on.