At Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, Waterloo Global Science Initiative brought leaders in education, teaching professionals, researchers, and policymakers together with young people who have innovated in their learning journey. Now, we present their vision of a scalable, affordable, sustainable learning system for the high school graduates of 2030 here in the Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030.
Before you read these recommendations in detail, we want to anticipate the objection that we have “seen this all before." There are certainly historical precedents for the recommendations in this report. It could be argued, for instance, that much of what we are presenting can be found in a report from the published in 1968 by the Provincial Committee on Aims and Objectives of Education in the Schools of Ontario, Canada. Or the 1967 “Plowden Report" - a look at the ideal role and texture of primary education in the UK. Or back even further, to the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education, an initiative that came into being in the United States in 1918.
By and large, jurisdictions have struggled to implement the recommendations of such reports successfully. However, these are ideas whose time has finally come. The group that created this report, consisting of teachers, students, administrators, and education researchers, and reached an extraordinary consensus that we now have at our fingertips all that is needed to make this vision a reality. Historical failure challenges are not a barrier to future success, whether in personal learning or in the improvement of an education system. There is much to learn from past struggle, and our chapter on implementation involves thoughtful analyses of what has held back these reforms in the past so as to increase the chances of their full implementation this time around.
On top of this, there is an urgent need to finally address the weaknesses of education today. The chronic disengagement that sets in at secondary schools across the world is creating toxic social, economic and health problems, and we have yet to find a credible attempt to examine the issue with a holistic perspective, one that steps back and asks whether and how the whole effort could be re-invented to better serve the needs of our society.
Our report is an attempt to do just that. Though our initiative is entitled Learning 2030, it is imperative that the process of transformation begins as soon as possible. We offer learning2030.org as a place to share stories and strategies for moving forward. We hope you enjoy reading, and we hope the Blueprint provides you with the inspiration, tools, and connections to catalyze change, wherever you are in the world.
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