This year, my daughter will complete a master's degree in education. She took this accredited study from a Chicago university entirely online while living in Ohio and Hawaii. This is an example of the revolution in education.
The revolution is not in new and expensive education edifices, which are monuments to stagnant education thinking. Excellence now occurs in any room that has a computer or smartphone and internet access, where websites such as Khan Academy give students access to some of the best teachers in the world.
Thirty-eight years ago, electronic calculators turned slide rules and adding machines into historical relics like the abacus. Thirty-eight years ago, Apple and IBM introduced the personal computer and soon they were on everyone's desk. Thirty-eight years ago, could we have imagined smartphones and internet access? I think not.
And yet, Upper Arlington is being asked to support a bond issue worth $230 million that will last 38 years to replace and build brick-and-mortar schools as if we are still in the 1950s.
We need to be much more flexible and nimble with our tax dollars rather than making decades-long commitments to expensive structures that have no relevance to excellence or upcoming education revolutions we cannot foresee or predict.
Current buildings can be refurbished to accommodate those needs as they become apparent.
Vote "no" on Issue 43, an issue more suited for historical relics.