An International Baccalaureate Overview
This is a presentation on the history, organizational structure, administration, and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Citations are included with each slide along with a short explanation. The IB is growing in influence and prestige. It has utilized vast resources to market it across the world. You may contact us to request the use of the slides in removing the IB from your schools.
Here are 16 reasons why a state should oppose any measure that supports, promotes, funds, provides scholarships or grows the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in any way. The citations here are original sources that support the IB programme.
The first reason to reject the IB: According to the www.worldclock.org, every state is in debt, even Utah – nearly $20 billion. As you can see, the IB Programme is a very costly program compared to Advanced Placement courses.
IB charges $345/registration, fee, first test + $100, $100 each additional test; a $10,000 annual school fee, and additional for professional development. This ranges from around $16,000-$40,000 per student per year; The student cost for the diploma is: $775
In the state of Utah, AP courses are less expensive, and professional development is factored into the regular cost for any teacher. There are no annual school fees.
In fact, IB exams cost three times as much as AP exams…this is not a time to be promoting a program that we cannot afford…
Especially when – and here’s the second reason – IB is impacting a negligible percent of the students in comparison to AP.
#3….And when…in addition…, unlike IB, AP is available to all students through its Online courses, regardless where they live.
#4: IB Students should not be complaining. They knew there were no scholarships when they signed up. There are approximately only 200 IB Diploma students in Utah. If you’re a legislator, they’re probably contacting you already.
#5 – The IB contract and arbitration is through the Geneva, Switzerland Chamber of Commerce, there is no transparency with or accountability to the Utah State Legislature, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State School Board, or the Governor’s Office.
#6: That’s because the IB is managed by and accountable only to the International Bureau of Education with its global and regional councils.
#7: The IB was created and funded by and is partnered with the United Nations Education Science & Cultural Organization. During the Senate floor debate Utah State Senator Pat Jones said, “IB has nothing to do with the United Nations…” Let’s fact check that statement…
Here you can clearly see that “UNESCO enjoys official relations with 322 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The highest form of affiliation is “formal associate”. Twenty-two NGOs have ASC relations occupying offices at UNESCO, and the IB is one of them.
#8: So what’s wrong with that? By the end of this presentation, I hope it will be clear. UNESCO’s former Assistant Director-General Peter Smith stated that the U.N., UNESCO and the IB share the same vision on international education.
#9: The Founding director of the IB, Alec Peterson, describes the IB philosophy in his book on the history of the IB. In it Ian Hill, said of him that the IB educational philosophy was “based on [ Peterson’s] own deeply humanist and liberal beliefs.” Indeed, Peterson was among many from Oxford who were known as the humanist, liberal, and Fabian socialists of the day.
#10: Meet Ian Hill, former IBO Deputy Director, a speaker at the Disarmament Forum. He served on the Earth Charter Education Advisory Committee and his speeches clearly illustrate his socialist views.
#11: Next Maurice Strong. Chair of the extremist environmental conference – the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. He crafted both the Earth Charter and the Agenda 21 declaration. He is outspoken on population control, advocating for the licensing of parents, On a video on my blog site, he said, “The only way of saving the world is collapse of industrial civilization….” “Prophets of doom have to be taken seriously….” He was the president of the UN-created University of Peace. Also a socialist.
The connection between these documents and the IB has been challenged many times. However, here is an example from a screen shot of the iBO website taken on February 25, 2013 of the curriculum connected to Agenda 21 declaration, The Earth Charter – Agenda 21’s and IB’s foundational philosophy and numerous other resources for extremist environmental activism.
#12: Mikhail Gorbachev. Former Prime Minister of the Soviet Union. Founder of extremist environmental non-profit Green Cross International, co-creator of the Earth Charter and Agenda 21 with Maurice Strong and author of the book Manifesto for the Earth. Socialist.
#13: According to its website and literature, the IB’s core philosophy is The Earth Charter and its principles. Until it became damaging to the development and growth of the IB, it was also listed among the endorsers. A few of the foundational principles of The Earth Charter are:
- Redistribution of US wealth to poor nations to eradicate poverty.
- Enacting environmental policies, whether or not science shows the need.
- Population control (abortion) and universal health care (socialized medicine)
- Gender equity (same-sex marriage).
All socialist ideals.
#14: Meet Robert Muller. Former UN Assistant Secretary General, founder of the UN University of Peace, a recipient of tUNESCO Laureate Prize, and creator of the UNESCO World Core Curriculum, the grandfather of what is now “common core curriculum standards”
Here are just quotes from his website that illustrate his extremism: God made only one mistake when he created the Earth: it was to create man….” And…”In my view the two main purposes of government should be: to make the Earth a paradise and to render humanity happy. Socialist ideals.
Here is a screen shot of the IBO website that shows its endorsement of the controversial Common Core State Curriculum Standards. In 1984 UNESCO published a paper on adopting a common core worldwide. Robert Muller and his colleagues were behind this global education/socialist movement.
#15: Meet Ronald Reagan. In 1984, he withdrew the United States from UNESCO saying, “[UNESCO] has exhibited a hostility toward the basic institutions of a free society, especially a free market and a free press.” My friends, every state – especially Utah – desperately needs some REAL cowboys to stand up with Ronald Regan today and to do the right thing.
And finally, the 16th reason why I am asking you to vote NO on this proposal – or any that would grow the IB:
Unfortunately in 2003 the US re-joined UNESCO. But now, we must ask why is Utah – or any state – participating in this UNESCO-partnered school program when the US withdrew – a second time – from UNESCO in 2011 (required by law) when the “Palestinian State” was recognized? Now Saudi Arabia is funding UNESCO seeks to re-write text books.
My friends, a vote for the iB Diploma to a state funded school or scholarship pool is a vote for:
- A costly program with unproven added value
- No local control or accountability
- Scholarships only for a few, at the expense of many
- Growing a conroversial program – not Utah’s values
- More extremist environmental regulations for Utah.
What are we teaching our children?
I deeply regret so many legislators and school administrators and school boards aren’t getting this right. But I’m counting on you to get it right and to share this presentation with those in your state that have the authority to make a difference. Tell them to vote NO any measure that promotes or grows the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in your state.