Equinox Summit: Learning 2030
It has never been more important to invest in the next generation and their capacity to tackle the increasingly complex challenges in the decades to come. Children born in 2013 year will – if all goes well– graduate from high school in the year 2030. But with what kind of skills? Global reports indicate a persistent and complex shortfall in education: high school is the phase of education when students report the least engagement in learning and question the relevance of what they are learning. For this very reason, the second event in the Equinox Summit series presented by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) centred on learning, specifically high school.
This event brought together an international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational group of experts to explore best practices and promising initiatives in education aimed at empowering students in their creativity and potential. The end result, the Equinox Communiqué will be a framework for the Equinox Blueprint – a document that will provide clear recommendations on building a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation.
Michael Brooks is an author, journalist, and broadcaster with a PhD in quantum physics. He is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for New Statesman. He is the author of the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense and Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. Combining his passion for education with journalistic scrutiny, he lead the team charged with assessing promising learning pathways for the decades ahead and reporting recommendations in the Equinox Blueprint.
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RECAP LEARNING 2030
Daily plenary sessions and panel debates engaged students and members of the public – onsite, online, and on TVO – who sought information on novel approaches to learning in the decades ahead. Recap Learning 2030 through photos, blog entries and video.
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