Cross Country Checkup·CHECKUP EPISODE

Are high school students getting the education they need for a rapidly changing world?

The pace of change has become dizzying. How do high schools prepare students for work and life in a world of change? Are kids getting the education they need? Checkup returned 13 years later to Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg to see how that challenge has evolved. With join host Duncan McCue
Checkup will be live at Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg on Feb. 4. (CBC)

Schooling for the future

Not only were we on location in a high school theatre to talk about a subject critical to all Canadians—education. We've also dubbed this as our "back to the future" episode.

Because thirteen years ago, in 2005, Cross Country Checkup broadcast from this very school asking the very same question. How are high schools doing at preparing students for work and life in a world of change?
Host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue. (Kevin Van Paassen)

Back then, there was good and bad news from the audience at Glenlawn Collegiate, in Winnipeg, MB.

Some students didn't feel challenged enough. Others felt schools needed to do better at teaching students to accept constructive criticism. We heard from teachers about the difficulties of accommodating conflicting learning styles.

We tracked down former students—now working adults, teachers and parents who spoke in 2005. On Feb. 4, they came back to tell us how their lives unfolded and share their thoughts on education now.

The circumstances youth face in 2018 are far different. The pace of change has become dizzying. Thirteen years ago, Twitter and iPhones didn't exist. Nowadays, smartphones—and access to information—are ubiquitous, the "gig economy" is ever-growing and politics seem more and more divisive in an era of fake news.

In a fast changing world, how do we prepare young people to thrive and prosper? What should students learn in school? What should they learn at home?

What do you wish you had learned in high school to prepare you for life as an adult? 

Our question: "Are high school students getting the education they need for a rapidly changing world?"


Arpena Babaian, former vice-principal at Glenlawn Collegiate

Dionne Deer, current principal at Glenlawn Collegiate

Emma Fieldhouse, former student, now working in international development and policy ethics

Jason Dubeau, a vice-principal at Glenlawn Collegiate and former student of the school who graduated in 1993

Kelsey Noakes, former Glenlawn student, now working in human resources in the financial sector