Measured against international standards Canada's education systems are among the best in the world. Yet we can and must do better. Some important shifts are already taking place. Changes in schooling reflect a growing emphasis on how students learn, rather than only on what they learn. Young people need to learn to live together successfully in a diverse and connected world. The old commitment to equal educational opportunity is finally being replaced by a promise of optimal benefits for all young people. There may be legitimate differences in benefits for individual students, as a result of individual interests or abilities for example, but schooling must ensure that all students are able to make the most of their potential: in today’s world, all young people need the competencies once reserved for the few.
Canada has a firm foundation to build on and a growing commitment to the dual educational goals of equity and excellence. Innovations at all levels of the system are opening up new possibilities and contributing knowledge about what works best. CEA encourages and supports engaging learning environments emerging in many schools.