Education | International Baccalaureate (IB) & Common Core School Standards (CCSS)
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COMMON CORE UPDATE: Advocates for Academic Freedom, numerous TEA party groups, and over 425 signers sent to Madison to educate and inform our administration and legislators how aligning with Common Core School Standards (CCSS) limits our freedom, erodes local school control, escalates cost, and feeds the educational industrial complex (think Pearson-Prentice Hall).
Dr. Duke Pesta Testifies against Common Core
Association of American Educators - A Fresh [non-union] Start for WI
Kristi Lacroix says: <<After 15 years in the classroom and as a former member of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, I witnessed firsthand the union mentality and adversarial relationships caused by union negotiations and tactics. The outdated rallying cries revolved around getting teachers angry and upset, as though we are low-level laborers needing a path to "get even." I have always felt we were professionals.
Too many teachers, like me, only joined the unions because of our desire for liability insurance in case any unfortunate incidents arise in our classroom. The Association of American Educators (AAE) provides this peace of mind to teachers to the tune of $2 million in personal educator liability insurance, as well as coverage of legal fees for a host of situations that a teacher might encounter. [for only $15/month].>>
Please urge anyone associated with education (current, former, retired, homeschool, college, admin...) to contact Kristi or the association and learn what a terrific professional alternative this is!
Red Flags about IB Philosophy
IB programs focus on OUTCOMES and use theories and practices from PROGRESSIVE and HUMANISTIC ideology, called CONSTRUCTIVISM. In involves increased outside meddling in local and state education. IB philosophy is about:
UN Curriculum in the U.S.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ORGANIZATION (IBO)
"... The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people. ...Three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the [students'] intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills. ...The IB goals focus on having our children learn [indoctrinate them] to ...
Foreign Beginnings and Influences
United Nations Educational Scientific Organization (UNESCO)
Although DENIED by IB supporters at the local level, IB is STRONGLY connected to the United Nations.
- The UN is involved with input and approval of teaching material about global issues.
- The UN holds the copyrights.
- The UN essentially develops the IB movement:
“IB has been recognized as an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) of UNESCO since 1970. IB representatives participate regularly in UNESCO meetings and consult."
IB at a Glance
o Country Information for the United States (find schools contracted with IB)
o IB Schools in Wisconsin
o Middle years program (MYP, 11-15 years old) - ALL children
o Diploma program (DP, 16-19 years old)
International Baccalaureate® Career-related Certificate (IBCC) is vocational training "to extend the access of an IB education to a greater number of students." There are "three strands" to its core:
(There's a list of websites at the very end. Underlined text generally = a link.)
The High Cost of IB
Most instigated without general public knowledge or taxpayer approval.
Questions Worth Asking
Why is the UN funding and promoting this curriculum?
Why would Americans be willing to adopt this and have their children indoctrinated in this way?
UN Bases High School CURRICULUM ON:
Creative, Action, Service (CAS) - Each school appoints a CAS supervisor who is responsible for providing a varied choice of activities for students and supervise self-reflection [required 3 hrs/wk]. Programs are monitored by IB regional offices:
Creative activities where students demonstrate creativity in designing and implementing service projects;
Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects;
Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities.
Extended Essay - an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper (on the "appropriate research question").
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) -- to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge -- to consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
In addition, TOK prompts students to:
TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.
IB Learner Profiles
The IB mission statement translates into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century, aka IB learner profiles “to serve as a guideline for behavior...The attributes and descriptors of the learner profile define the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programmes... For the IB learner profile to become the central tenet of each IB programme, schools will need to adopt a holistic view of school as well as student development.... In PYP schools teachers are required, on behalf of all students, to assess and report on progress in the development of the attributes of the learner profile. This is done by using the learner profile for self and peer assessment, as the basis for teacher/student/parent conferences and through reporting to parents. The IB learner profile as excerpted from page 5 the booklet:
Inquirers- skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning
Knowledgeable-explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance
Thinkers- recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions
Communicators- express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication
Principled- act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities
Open minded- understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities
Caring- have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment
Risk takers- approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced- understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others
Reflective- assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development
All IB schools must:
o A simple majority of 23 members of the 47 nation Human Rights Council in favor of the resolution.
o Eleven, mostly western nations, opposed it.
o Thirteen abstained (India abstained in protest, because “Islam was the only religion named as deserving of protection”).
George Walker, then IBO Chairman Director General 3/10/2002
“IBO will continue to work with governments to influence their national curriculum."
US Dept. Education - the US National Education Standards have been based on the UN Standard/international standards since 1995.
Dr. Ian Hill, 2001, the then Deputy Director General of the IBO:
“The fundamental framework for implementing sustainable development is the educational system....[IB incorporates]desirable universal values that include
o per UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, 1992, Agenda 21 the obligation is to the:
o End of private property
o Radical environmentalism
o Abortion on demand
o Population control
o End of right to bear arms
o End of parental authority
WHY? To indoctrinate our children with a worldview attitude/value/belief/ attitude that is about COLLECTIVISM.
"In short, it is an education for life, a responsible life, open to the problems of our world and encouraging students to give TIME and ENERGY to BRING ABOUT CHANGE."
WHY? IB is presented as prestigious, challenging, rigorous, international standards! Parents have NO CLUE!
In 2001, Dr. Ian Hill wrote that Article 26, paragraph 2 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights “provides the philosophical planks of an international education."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, paragraph 2 :
“Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality, and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."
Ernest Voyers, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) President, said a few years ago, in a book he wrote, entitled High School:
Stuart Chevalier wrote a book in 1946 called the World Charter And Road To Peace.
o “Peace is NOT the absence of war. Peace is the PRESENCE OF JUSTICE."
o Article 29, Section 3 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
“..rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."
Monique Seefried, , President of the IB Council of Foundation, gave a speech in 2003 entitled, “IBO, a World of Givers." She declared: “At the core of an IB education, starting with our youngest students, is the aim to develop caring young people with a commitment to action and service……This is the most idealistic part of the education our students receive…It is also essential in developing in them the drive to become an agent of social change in our ever evolving societies, where there is still so much to do to reach an ideal of social justice”.
Beverly Eakman is a former educator and retired federal employee, who served as a speechwriter for the heads of three government agencies as well as editor-in-chief of NASA’s newspaper (Johnson Space Center). She is the author of five books. Eakman accurately states that IBO teaches the following values:
[SO..they can take your property and declare it a biosphere!]
Alan Quist, a former Minnesota State Senator, asked the question, “So does IBO allow schools to write their own curriculum?…here is the answer.
Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, stated that… “…use education to bring about global government”.
1. Re-write history to discredit nationalism and promote globalism.
2. Teach thinking skills based on feeling and experience, not facts and reason.
3. Encourage loyalty to peers to teachers, not family and church.
4. Immerse students in global beliefs and value.
5. Block opposition to the new global paradigm.
6. Condition students to serve a “greater whole.”
Dr. Shirley McCune, addressing the 1989 Governor’s Conference on Education:
“What’s happening in America today - is a total transformation of our society. We have moved into a new era. I’m not sure we have really begun to comprehend ..the incredible amount of organizational restructuring and human resource development. What we have to do is build a future. The revolution in curriculum is that we no longer are teaching facts to children.”
Common Core School Standards (CCSS)
<<Common Core severely limits local control of education...Federal dictates assure that 85% of academic standards in reading and math will strictly adhere to CC standards, leaving only 15% flexibility. With only 15% of the standards eligible to be altered by the local district, a state choosing to teach cursive writing instead of just the keyboarding mandated by CC would likely use up the entire 15% on this one change. Nationalized tests are more federal interference. These standardized tests will drive curriculum and textbooks.>>
<<[CCSS] allow[s for] personally identifiable information such as name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, learning disabilities, and family information to be recorded and shared with other agencies. This information will be available not only to the government, but also to researchers and private companies.>>
Common Core's push for nationalization of standards are IB within the Agenda 21 initiative -- just from a different angle.
Stop Common Core
Michelle Malkin's series: Rotten to the Core
War on Academic Standards
Readin, Writin, and Deconstructionism
Lessons from TX and Growing Grassroots
Feds Invasive Student Tracking Database
Townhall.com commentary on Common Core
Another Power Grab
Common Core Orwellian Lessons in FL
Palin Was a Prophet about Ed Takeover
Bill Ayers: Leftist Power Is in Schools
Buzz about IB
IB GROWS & GROWS | JJacobs
Sounds innocuous. Consider the teacher's ed programs and who teaches this UN/Soros funded curriculum. Teacher comments: "...I refused to sign a world gov’t pact and lost my job as a result."
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
A teacher of IB's "Theory of Knowledge" course explains what he does and provides a website of "resources" he makes available to the kids.
Internationalist Curriculum Infiltrates U.S. Schools | Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute 11/18/10 | “...IB is the biggest educational scam perpetrated on American schools today...”
Useful Online Information
IBO's official website http://www.ibo.org/
Website created to debunk IB...based in NY. EXCELLENT source of information - updated almost on a daily basis-invaluable. There would be many, many more IB world schools in the US if it was not for this website http://truthaboutib.com/
Excellent document created by Debra Niwa...who was herself schooled in International schools as a child because of her parents' diplomatic status. She then took it upon herself to research IB...http://www.channelingreality.com/Niwa/IB_unraveled_040610.htm
Quick summary of Debra's document...http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/print.php?&ArticleID=6177
Interesting archived articles about IB... http://edwatch.org/
Just discovered this website (good source) http://www.parentshaverights.com/
Excellent info on Agenda 21 and the UN influence on US education, esp lecture by Chapman...http://www.freedomadvocates.org/
Recent article on WND (August 10 2010 ) outlining role of Obama, the NEA and Gwen Moore in pushing for IB...http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=189413