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"these words are almost always used to defend traditionalist practices such as direct instruction and control-based interventions," writes Alexandra Mihai. By contrasts, getting to in-person conferences take a lot of planning and time. "It feels like these constraints make our experience poorer." You are also, I would suggest, seeing different people, specifically, those with means and motivation to travel. This shapes in a negative way what gets valued and what gets decided. "Today's newsletter is a call to try and bring that spirit back." We need to create conditions for genuine online interaction with or without in-person conferences. I mean - I get the appeal of in-person. Travel enbiggens the mind. But I also feel (as I have the last few years) the feeling of apartness one gets when the travel opportunities dry up.

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