Changes to education system needed for Canada to succeed

June 26, 2014

If Canada is to flourish in the rapidly changing, “technology-fuelled and hyper-competitive global economy,” it must change the way youth are educated, writes Kevin G Lynch, Vice-Chairman of BMO Financial Group. In a contribution to the Globe and Mail, Lynch suggests 2 significant opportunities for change in Canada’s education system: excellence and differentiation. Lynch states that benchmarking in the public education system can allow students to excel in necessary fields. Improving results in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) instruction in high schools, and improving second language skills are all necessary to excel, writes Lynch. As well, Canada’s PSE institutions should focus research efforts on specialized areas to compete globally; differentiation instead of similarity, says Lynch. He also suggests expanded dual vocational training models and experiential learning opportunities. “Our biggest risk may be in not taking one, being complacent when a sense of urgency is called for,” he concludes. Globe and Mail