School ‘accountability’ in the 21st century

November 13, 2015

Brandon Dutcher

Photo credit: MikeDotta / Shutterstock.comShe's trapped in the past, 44-year-old Marco Rubio recently said of 68-year-old Hillary Clinton. “And her take on Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, these sorts of things, is a perfect example of someone who’s trapped in the past, and cannot understand how much the world is changing, and how much it’s going to change in the years to come economically,” Rubio said.

“She’s trying to apply 20th-century constructs to a 21st-century innovative industry,” he said.

Regrettably, the same is true in education. Many policymakers—including some in Oklahoma—insist on applying 20th-century accountability constructs to a 21st-century education system, a system which includes vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts. But the world is changing, and many analysts are recognizing the need to adapt.

As the Uber-ization of Oklahoma’s education system proceeds apace, it’s important to think about what “accountability” looks like in the 21st century.

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