WISE 2030 School Survey: Introduction - Key Findings
The numbers reported in the “School in 2030” survey appear to tell a dominant story, one that involves drastic change and a forward-looking perspective regarding the future form that the educational system will take. While innovation is a prevailing theme in the discussion about the future of school, it is important not to confuse the need for innovation with the need for change. As Noam Chomsky posits, “what we’re in need of is reversing the process of undermining what is positive about the educational system. We want to resist that and at the same time develop approaches which will improve on it as a tool, a commitment”. While there are many merits to forward evolution in education, it is important to also consider the lessons that can also be learned from looking back.
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Innovation in education is highly-valued
- 93% of respondents favor schools that implement innovative methods based on new teaching approaches and creative processes.
- Only 7% of those interviewed anticipate that schools will return to fundamental values and traditions (empowered teachers, discipline, traditional tools and pedagogy).
From Bricks to clicks
Academic knowledge will not be the most valuable type of knowledge anymore
School diplomas assessing academic skills will be challenged by company certifications, with both becoming equally important
Teaching and learning will undergo fundamental changes
Education will become a lifelong endeavor
- 90% of respondents think that a lifelong education that continues throughout the professional life will become the norm: 50% believe that the initial education will continue to be of long duration, while 40% believe that the initial learning period will be shortened.
- Only 10% of respondents believe that the traditional system, involving a long initial learning period that terminates with the start of the professional life, will persist.
Curricula tailored to individual needs
The public sector will not have a monopoly on education
Big data will change the education landscape
- 95% of the respondents agree that big data will play a role in education (51% believe that big data will fundamentally change the education landscape and 44% believe that changes due to big data will be incremental).
- Only 5% believe that Big Data will not impact the future of education.