It's the year 2050 and this pioneer of the Redesign Learning movement is looking back on the parlous state of American public education in the early decades of the century. It was his 2014 call to action that committed America's design community to this public service mission—an initiative that helped kick-start a transformation.

It's the year 2050 and education in America from pre-K to college is free. You don’t have to choose between the humanities and an all-out prep for a technical career. And it's all because educators and legislators stopped focusing on education and started thinking about learning.