The 'New' Norms of Education Policy in the 21st Century: Pandemics, Polemics, and Persistent Inequality in Global Education Policy and Practice
Alexander Wiseman, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership (Policy)
College of Education
Texas Tech University
In just 20 years, the 21st century has brought policy change to education at levels rivaling the paradigm-shifting global educational reform efforts of the 20th, but the same problems (in different forms) seem to be repeating themselves nonetheless. 21st century education policy, especially at the global and national levels is forced to take into account the effects of a pandemic, polemical and populist politics, and both institutionalized sexism and racism. And, there have been and will continue to be significant changes in education policy and practice in response to these crises, but amid the change there is remarkable permanence in the ideas, structures, content, and pedagogy embedded in education as well. This paper examines the promise of 20th century advances in education policy and practice against the challenges and pitfalls of 21st century education as evidenced by national and international educational developments.