When I adopted my two sons from an orphanage in Latvia, I faced the challenge of teaching my young boys to speak and read English. They picked up speaking pretty quickly, but reading and writing proved to be more challenging. We tried public schools, private schools, and most of the popular off-the-shelf reading programs. Nothing seemed to offer the breakthrough we all so desperately wanted.

Then one day, one of my employees slid a flash card with a black square printed on it under a document camera—and the Eiffel Tower popped up in 3D on top of the card! I was...

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