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In the last two columns I looked back at the history and development of the American School.  I also wrote about some recent developments that both transformed a school and became the genesis of what is now an on-going process to create the 21st century educational campus for K-12 education.  This column, and future ones, will describe what a task force of committed people in the general area of education is doing to truly face the future of education in America.

[A promise to all my readers who enjoy focused commentaries on a variety of subjects:  I will continue to ...

In the last column I looked back at the history of K-12 education in the U.S.  This was to provide background and context for this and future columns.  I also mentioned in that last column that I was fortunate to participate in an exciting conference of people committed to creating the 21st century K-12 campus that took place in Columbia S.C.  How this conference came into being is a wonderful story.

[Regular readers will find this a distinct departure from the usual columns here.  This will be one of several columns about the creation of a task force ...

We are ten years into the 21st century.  We are entering the Shift Age.  We all have experienced rapid and almost unbelievable change in our lifetimes.  We sense even more change in the years ahead.  Everywhere we look, we see institutions that we grew up with starting to crumble before our eyes yet their replacements are not yet fully discernable. This is a time of great transformation.

In the U.S. many of our institutions were created in the first part of the 20th century.  It is now time to take them, one by one and transform them for the 21st century.  …