The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education:  https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/.  Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

Based on universal access to free and equal schools, the social contract for public education equates the attainment of a high school diploma with readiness for college, meaningful participation in the workforce, and the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. Yet, for too many students, this social contract is a raw deal, based on shaky assumptions about equity of opportunity in a digital age and with no guarantee of a return even for those who are able to abide by all its provisions.

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