Alberta's Commission on Learning

Preparing for Tomorrow

The Commission's primary purpose is to make recommendations for the future - to look beyond today's pressing issues and ask "what challenges are our schools likely to face and how can we make sure they're well prepared?"

To address those questions, it's important to set the context by looking at some of the trends that will affect our province and our country in the future. Predicting the future is a risky exercise at best. Many of us have heard the stories about predictions that look bizarre today but seemed like reasonable assumptions at the time - predictions like the amount of leisure time we'd have because of increasing technology or those who said there would never be much of a market for home computers.

At the risk of making similar mistakes, there are important trends we can consider and some "best guesses" that can be made about the future of our schools and our province.