The International Baccalaureate Program
Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker
“An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics.” -International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996).
It is my authorial belief that any education that does not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavour is a relic of the past century. A common sense of sharing the responsibility, equally, for the welfare of the planet, globally, is needed more than ever today.
Finally, I can only say one thing: The IB program is a positive way forward for any education system in crisis, any education system that desires quality, any education system that aspires to excellence, any education system that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of the twenty-first century, rather than the past century…
“The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries.” http://www.ibo.org/
The International Baccalaureate
by Thomas Jerome Baker
** Disclaimer: I do not work for the International Baccalaureate Program. All opinions represent my personal and genuine and unconditional belief that the International Baccalaureate Programme is the best educational program on the planet today.
The full continuum of Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP), has been replicated successfully, consistently, continuously, over the entire globe.
This program is being used successfully over the entire diversity of the Earth, from Africa to the Middle East to Europe to the Americas to Australia. I find this to be an absolutely astounding feat, given the complexity of adapting something from one culture to another cultural reality.
Indeed, when one thinks of the admiration that the education system of Finland generates across the globe, we sadly have come to the realization that it is not replicable without the necessary favorable conditions found in Finland.
To speak frankly, and briefly, there are historical, social, cultural, political, economical, values and belief systems that all interact to produce the astounding results that Finland has enjoyed over the past decade.
The IB Programme has found a way to replicate its success, all around the globe. The IB does not change its program to achieve this feat. The teaching and learning and evaluation of the IB program is exactly the same in Africa as it is in Asia, in the USA as it is in any other place on Earth.
It is with little wonder that we read that universities around the world are eager to attract International Baccalaureate graduates. Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Stanford, the world’s best universities as well as the lesser known universities know that an IB grad is going to be a successful university student.
Let me finish by saying that I have examined the evidence of an organization, the International Baccalaureate® (IB), with a more than 40-year track record of delivering a high quality education, consistently, year after year. I urge you to check the evidence for yourselves. I have no doubt your conclusion will be the same as mine.
In conclusion, I simply must repeat myself: “The IB program is a positive way forward for any education system in crisis, any education system that desires quality, any education system that aspires to excellence, any education system that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of the twenty-first century, rather than the past century…”
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