It’s a simple question: what will high school look like in 2030?
The reality is that we don’t know. There isn’t a plan. Up until now there has been a tacit belief that education systems will evolve to meet the needs of the future. But, what if our current modus operandi can’t evolve quickly enough? What if it doesn’t evolve at all? How do we ensure that the children enter into the world now – the same children who will graduate from high school from 2030 onward – are prepared for a world that moves at the speed of light?
The Waterloo Global Science Initiative’s (WGSI) Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030 addresses these questions. After all, if children born today are to become the successful high school graduates of 2030, now is the time to create the blueprint of an ideal school in the 21st century.
Here are 7 big ideas for transforming the educational experience before 2030
Some of these ideas are simple, others require a new way of thinking about education – all of these recommendations have been implemented somewhere. Not only have they succeeded – they’ve done so without massive costs.
It’s time to free ourselves from the mentality that the way it has always been done is necessarily the right way. The children born in this year will graduate into a world we can hardly imagine – a world with new technology, new challenges, and new opportunities. It’s up to us to make sure they’re ready for it.
It’s time to start thinking about the future – after all, 2030 isn’t that far away.
The Learning 2030 Blueprint is available for download at wgsi.org.
Julie Wright is the General Manager of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative.