Are online schools the wave of the future or shark infested water? It seems that there are just as many positives as potential negatives. NPR recently ran an article that discusses this very issue (http://n.pr/1Bpw28b ). Online programs offer convenience and flexibility, but what about accountability. When the majority of course work happens outside of the physical classroom, sometimes hundreds of miles away, how can anyone be certain of the validity of assignments. Critics are pointing to lower than average test scores and a lack of services for special populations such as special education as a reason to reconsider allowing such educational models. The issue of quality schooling is a current problem that is being debated in both the public and private sector. Can online education be the answer? How can we ensure that the education offered is a quality program? Much as the article describes, I believe that any online program must incorporate a face-to-face component for added accountability.