In an uncertain technological period such as ours, fixed, rigid thinking about approaches to teaching and learning will likely be recipes for failure. Teaching techniques may have to continuously evolve, as new information technologies are introduced and their impact on society is better understood.

It should thus be apparent by now that the only constant in the Information Age will be change — profound changes in the way we work, in the way we learn, in the way we live. Flexible schools that can easily adapt to these changes, that can foster innovation and creativity while remaining highly accountable for performance and results, must no longer be seen as educational alternatives but as educational imperatives.

Our rapidly evolving new age will likely tolerate nothing less.

Marc Brailov is a freelance writer, with over 20 years of experience in public policy and high-tech corporate communications. For Ameritech, in 1999, he developed an internet education CD-ROM that was distributed to K-12 public schools. Most recently, he lobbied Congress on behalf of the Charter School Lenders’ Coalition.