WISE Surveys

WISE 2030 School Survey: Introduction - Key Findings

WISE 2030 School Survey: Introduction - Key Findings

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

  • Almost half of the respondents (43%) ranked online content provided by private individuals and/or institutions as the most important source of knowledge.
  • While only 29% of respondents ranked brick-and-mortar schools as the primary source.
  • 13% of respondents prioritize external factors related to the social and personal environment, while 8% cite the workplace, and 3% cite cultural institutions as the main sources of knowledge in the future.


Academic knowledge will not be the most valuable type of knowledge anymore

When asked to evaluate a set of skills in terms of importance to education in the future:
  • 75% of the respondents think that personal skills will be fundamental.
  • 59% believe that know-how and practical skills will be fundamental.
  • Only 42% of respondents think that academic knowledge will be fundamental.


School diplomas assessing academic skills will be challenged by company certifications, with both becoming equally important


  • 39% of respondents think that the traditional school diploma will provide the most important assessment of aptitude.
  • 37% postulate that a company certification of professional qualities and skills (management,collaboration, creativity) will provide the most important assessment of aptitude.
  • 24% believe that peer endorsements for personal qualities and skills (e.g. using professional social networks such as LinkedIn, recommendation letters, etc.) will become the most important type of assessment.

Teaching and learning will undergo fundamental changes

  • According to 73% of participants, the role of teachers will shift toward that of guiding students along their autonomous learning paths.
  • 19% believe in the continued empowerment of teachers, whose primary responsibility will be to deliver knowledge.
  • 8% envision more limited roles for teachers, who will be primarily responsible for validating student’s online work.


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

  • 83% of the respondents think that the pedagogical content will shift to more tailored and personalized content, adapted to individual student profiles.
  • The remaining 17% of respondents believe that curricula will continue to be largely standardized.


The public sector will not have a monopoly on education

  • 70% of respondents think that the State will not be the main source of financing for education, and instead, that it will be financed predominantly by families (43%), or company sponsors (27%).
  • 30% of participants believe that funding will be entirely administered by the public sector.


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.

Globalization to apply to language used for teaching and learning

  • 65% of respondents think that the language used in education will no longer be local or national, but rather global (46%) or regional (19%).
  • The remaining 35% of participants believe that vernacular and national languages will continue to dominate in education.