BC’s Education Plan
The Challenge:Education In A Fast-Changing World
Most people agree that British Columbia’s education system is a good one.Teachers are skilled, acilities are sound and students succeed.Yet an education system designed in the very dierent circumstances o anearlier century can’t possibly always meet the challenges students ace – bothnow and in the uture. In the social, economic and technological environmento the past, change was much more gradual than it is today. Many o theopportunities and jobs we’re preparing our students or don’t even existtoday. So while we enjoy a strong and stable system, we need a more nimbleand fexible one that can adapt more quickly to better meet the needs o21
century learners.We’ve all got a stake in preparing our young people or success in a changingworld. Our challenge is clear. The world has changed and it will continue tochange, so the way we educate students needs to continually adapt.
Children are natural born learners, and teachers are passionate aboutteaching. We have a unique opportunity to orge that common groundtoward a more innovative education system that meets the needs o B.C.amilies today and in the uture, to keep our young people achieving andthriving in a dynamic, rapidly evolving world.We need to build on the many strengths o our existing education systemwhile modernizing education so it can adapt and respond to students’needs. And we need to involve British Columbians more directly indiscussions and decisions about education.We can make education more fexible so students and amilies benet rom theexciting knowledge economy we’re part o. To do that, students must be at thecentre o a more personalized approach to learning. They will still learn basiccore skills, but they will also have more reedom to pursue their individualinterests and passions within a particular topic. Teachers are undamentalto student success. Teachers must be supported to work with students in avariety o roles: guide, mentor, coach, content expert. Our schools must bemore adaptable in responding to student needs.We must continue to work with Aboriginal communities, through partnershipslike Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements with school districts toocus on the needs o Aboriginal students and improve learning outcomes.We must make better use o technology in education so our young peoplewill be equipped to use it eectively and ethically.We need more responsive and eective interventions or students whoare struggling.Parents must also be involved in planning their child’s education and thenhelping them to achieve success. In partnership with their children’s teacherand their child, parents will play an important role in supporting theirchild’s learning.