Summit recommends re-organization of high schools

October 4, 2013

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative held the Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 last week at the University of Waterloo, and one of the recommendations to come out of the summit is to eliminate high school groupings by age in favour of groupings by ability and area of study. According to one summit participant, "the current model of grade levels and ages is flawed. We need to progress students through high school, not by their ages, but by the stages they're at." Summit participants also discussed the use of new technologies in the classroom, ways to increase student engagement, teacher training, and the benefits of local school autonomy. Participants came from close to a dozen countries, including the UK, Australia, Singapore, Finland, Qatar, several African nations, the US, and Canada. uWaterloo News