Karl Jaeger (educator)

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Karl Jaeger
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Karl Jaeger
Born April 12, 1930
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died November 3, 2015 (aged 85)
Bath, UK
Occupation Educator, writer, artist

Karl Jaeger (April 12, 1930 – November 3, 2015) was an American educator, writer and artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Karl graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education from Ohio State University and a master's degree in Education from Harvard University.


Karl Jaeger was co-founder, Trustee and Chairman of Our Future Planet (OFP),[1] Our Future Planet is a website and online community with a worldwide Citizenship. The mission of Our Future Planet is to provide an environment for people to create a better planet to live on and to share innovative approaches to enhance the quality, liveability and beauty of the Earth. Citizens can create profiles and add their own proposals on an Ideas Globe and join in discussions with other Citizens on WikiVisions.”.[2] Other Trustees of Our Future Planet are Samantha Harvey,[3] Jean Houston and James Gillis Lengel.[4]

Karl was the creator of several community design projects including the Cambridge Charter School system a student-centered secondary school which received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Education on March 14, 1996.[citation needed]

Karl was Founder and Executive Director of the International School of America established in 1958, since renamed the International Honors Program.[5] The International School of America organizes 8-month multi-country study abroad programs for university students to maximize the educational benefits from international travel.[6] Students stay with host families in six to nine destinations during an eight-month academic year learning about social, urban and rural organizations, value systems, family structure, sustainability, ecology, anthropology, and educational systems. Karl has previously taught and led five travel programs around the globe for the International School of America.


Jaeger's artwork and kinetic sculptures are presented in many major museums in the world.[which?] Karl designed a habitable sculpture to be built in Maine.[citation needed] It is an abstract work of garden sculpture that people can walk through and even live in. The walk through sculpture offers a series of discoveries – both outside and inside and there are views from each area of the sculpture – there are views of the mountains other views of rocks and trees and water building up into a complete view of mountains, rocks and natural habitats from the glass-enclosed spaces.

The garden and the habitable sculpture are linked together by glass openings with their own alterable degrees of varied apertures. The edifice is also a round theatre with dramatic events triggered either by nature during the day and night and by electric illumination of the garden elements or visual movement within the mirrored cube.

Karl was also a collector of postcards and had over 80,000 postcards collected from around the world.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Our Future Planet
  2. ^ "About OFP". Our Future Planet. Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Samantha Harvey". 
  4. ^ "James Gillis Lengel". Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "International Honors Program". 
  6. ^ "Study As You Go". Time Magazine. December 14, 1959. 
  • National Geographic Magazine, July 1962: 36-page description of the International School of America's round-the-world trip.