Special Report: A Vision for 21st Century Education – December 2010

This special report highlights a vision of education in the 21st century. As a result of this research, it is believed that the education system must transform to properly serve the citizens of a knowledge-based society. The report acknowledges the size and complexity of the education system and does not discuss the specifics of implementations; instead it envisions what a new system may look like if we were able to start with a blank slate and provides no implementation steps or recommendations. In the development of this vision, the PTC conducted extensive independent research. It also consulted with industry, with academia, with representatives of teachers, school district administrators and with the Ministry of Education.

The report begins with the premise that individuals participating in a knowledge-based economy and society will need the ability to use information and continuously adapt to a rapidly changing world.

  • There will be a new focus on skills and literacy, particularly:
    • Functional Numeracy and Literacy
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Technological Literacy
    • Communications and Media Literacy
    • Collaboration and Teamwork
    • Personal Organization
    • Motivation, Self-Regulation and Adaptability
    • Ethics, Civic Responsibility, Cross-cultural awareness.
  • The vision is rooted in personalized learning, with system transformation in these areas:
    • Learning Information to Learning to Learn
    • From Data to Discovery
    • From One Size Fits All to Tailored Learning
    • From Testing to Assess to Assessing to Learn
    • From Classroom Learning to Lifelong Learning
  • This paper also envisions students having greater flexibility to manage their learning process and to drive deeper understanding of relevant issues though:
    • A Flexible Educational Path (integrated, project based or problem based learning)
    • A Blended System (classroom and online learning)
    • Access to Learning Objects and Teaching Tools (tech allows better access to learning)
    • Open Access to Information Systems (allowing students to make informed decisions on their own interests and career paths)
    • Constant Feedback and Assessment (tech allows for new forms of assessment and greater responsiveness to improve learning outcomes).