What You May Not Know About the International Baccalaureate
For Legislators: Facts You May Not Know About the IBO and IB DP
(International Baccalaureate Organization – IB Diploma Programme)
• The IB is expensive and lacks fiscal restraint[1, 2] when Utah shows nearly $20 billion in debt.
• The IB is neither transparent nor accountable to the Utah State Office of Education or the Utah State Legislature.
• The IB requires an international contract with arbitration under Swiss law.
• The IB is over-rated and lacks substantive research and shows no significant difference against competitive programs such as the Advanced Placement Program to justify its costly materials and professional development.
• In 1924 the finest secular “humanist and liberal” minds of Oxford-Cambridge founded the concept of an IB [7, 8] with the intent to educate children of League of Nations (called Ecolint), and later U.N., employees and ambassadors from many nations.
• In 1984 President Ronald Reagan withdrew US membership from UNESCO, saying, “It has exhibited a hostility toward the basic institutions of a free society, especially a free market and a free press.”  The US was required to withdraw in 2011 when the Palestinian state was recognized.  UNESCO is largely funded by Saudi Arabia in exchange for the right to edit our textbooks.
• UNESCO was a founding IB sponsor  and continues to be its close ally and collaborator.
• The IB publicly endorsed the UN’s radical Earth Charter as its foundational philosophy until that position became unpopular. It was crafted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong,  chairman of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit whose declaration document was entitled Agenda 21.
• The Earth Charter remains the IB’s core philosophy. Both The Earth Charter and Agenda 21 share the same tenets:
o Global unilateral disarmament (a violation of the Second Amendment);
o Population control (including abortion);
o Gender equality/equity (including sexual orientation-same-sex marriage)
o Extremist environmental policies that infringe on private property rights and that do not need scientific research to prove they are valid;
o Redistribution of wealth through a global environmental tax, already proposed federally  and through foreign aid to eradicate poverty, undercutting domestic prosperity and free enterprise.
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See the Senate Site for background on the 2008 session: http://senatesite.com/blog/2008/05/guest-blog-perspective-on-ib.h
1 MN Dept of Ed 2005 report to legislature. May 2008 found at: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2006/Mandated/060264.pdf
2 Timothy Magaw. “IB Curricula rigorous – and expensive” Crain’s Cleveland Business. June 18, 2012. Found at: http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20120618/SUB1/306189990#
“During the 20-month IB authorization process, dozens of St. Ed’s teachers — some going as far as Paris and Vancouver — were trained by IB educators. For that training, St. Ed’s budgeted about $2,000 per teacher. Plus, the school conducted a feasibility study and paid a hefty application fee. ’You don’t become an IB school just because you want to become an IB school,’ said Dr. Good, who now acts as the school’s principal. ‘It’s expensive.’”
A costly enterprise “Dr. Good wouldn’t say what St. Ed’s paid to bring the program to the school. He noted it could cost as much as $150,000 over the first two years for a school or district to train 10 or 15 teachers and earn the IB designation. St. Ed’s sent more than 40 for training around the world. That cost burden has dashed the dreams of many public districts looking for the designation and forced others to seek innovative ways to jump-start the program.”
3 February 6, 2013. Found at: http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-utah-debt-clock.html
4 Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, personal notes from visits to Hillcrest High School and West High School, conversations with administrators; discussion with Utah State School Board Meeting, Curriculum Committee, May 9, 2008. Meeting with Brenda Hales, April 30, 2008 at West High. Contracts are between local schools and districts. The USOE had no tracking stats on cost or effectiveness, but intended to do so in the future. Some AP funds may have been used to offset IB costs. See www.CherilynEagar.com, World Class Education, IB tab.
5 See IBO website at: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/become/documents/DP_rules_en.pdf
6 Notes: There is disagreement in the literature regarding the true value of the IB Program. Some researchers (Poelzer & Feldhusen, 1996; Tookey, 1999) have endorsed the IBDP for highly capable secondary students, while others (Callahan, 2003; Gollub et al., 2002) have expressed concern regarding the breadth of the curriculum at the expense of depth, particularly in mathematics and the sciences. The first longitudinal study was launched in 2009 with a $700,000 federal grant. No results at the time of this report February 6, 2013, found at: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/details.asp?ID=750
7 Ian Hill, Former IBO Deputy Director‑General, in A.D.C. Peterson, Schools Across Frontiers, Chapter 11: “The People Who Made the IBO” (Open Court, 2003): 281-‐‑285. [Alec Peterson] shaped the educational philosophy … based on his own deeply humanist and liberal beliefs.” The original school was established at Ecolint, in Geneva, Switzerland.
8 A.D.C. Peterson, Schools Across Frontiers, The Story of the International Baccalaureate and the United World Colleges (Chicago: Open Court, 2003).
9 Dr. Nicholas Tate, “What Is Education For? The Purposes of Education and Their Implications for the School Curriculum,” International Baccalaureate Organization, The Peterson Lecture, April 24, 2004, Geneva: 10. In this speech, Tate distinguishes between the purpose of international education (to educate students that come from many nations who assemble in one classroom) and what education must be within a nation. The IB is crafted for international, not national, education.
10 Susan Tifft, “Waving Goodbye to UNESCO, Time Magazine, Jan, 9, 1984. See also: Gregory J. Newell, U.S. Dept. of State Bulletin, March 1985
11 Found on February 6, 2013 at UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; US cuts off funding,” Washington Post , October 31, 2011. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-10-31/world/35280204_1_israeli-drone-strike-palestinian-state-unesco
12 “UN Agency funded with Saudi money wants to edit worldwide textbooks,” Fox News, October 16, 2012, Found at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/16/un-agency-funded-with-saudi-money-wants-to-edit-worldwide-textbooks/#ixzz29ZYKh1l6
13 Peterson: 15‑18. This account provides a comprehensive list of sponsoring organizations.
14 Peter Smith, Assistant Director‑General UNESCO, “International Education in an Era of Globalisation: What’s New.” The International Baccalaureate Organisation, Conference on International Education, Geneva, September 11, 2002. See also: Note to the Secretary-General, The celebration of the 60th Anniversary, 29 June 2005. Found at
Excerpt p.4: Two special UN teaching resource books will be published this year by the International Baccalaureate Organization and DPI, titled Sharing the Planet: Citizenship in the Primary Years and Sharing the Planet: Citizenship in the Secondary Years. Found February 6, 2013 at http://www.un.org/events/calendar/Edetail.asp?EventID=598&BeginDate=1/1/2005
15 Found April 2008 at http://www.ibo.org/ibna/actionpacks/documents/MythvFact_000.pdf
16 Note: Only less than two years after the Wall came down, Mikhail Gorbechav –still an avowed socialist – traveled to San Francisco to organize a new non-profit “Green Cross International.” According to its website, after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit “in 1994, Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev launched the Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. The Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just society with special emphasis on the world’s environmental challenges.” Found on Feb. 5, 2013 at http://www.gcint.org/what-we-do/earth-charter
17 See C-SPAN video: Opening Remarks, Maurice Strong, 1992 Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro Found at: http://cherilyneagar.com/issues/environment/agenda-21 ; Canadian entrepreneur and former UN Undersecretary General.
18 IB Deputy Director General Ian Hill sat on the Earth Charter Commission, found at: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=69336515&targetid=profile The Earth Charter found at: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/read-the-charter.html
19 The Earth Charter found at: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/read-the-charter.html
20 Ian Hill, “Education for Disarmament: Curriculum Development and Ethics in International Education,” United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Disarmament Forum 2001:50. IB Deputy Director. See also: http://www.unidir.org/pdf/articles/pdf‑art53.pdf See also: Peter Smith, “International Education in an Era of Globalisation: What’s New.” September 11, 2002.
21 C-SPAN, Maurice Strong, 1992 Earth Summit http://cherilyneagar.com/issues/environment/agenda-21
22 Irene Dankelman, The Netherlands. Gender Equality and Equity: At the Heart of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter in Action, pp. 104-105. Found at: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/invent/images/uploads/ENG-Dankelman.pdf
23 The Earth Charter. See also IBO Environmental Policy: http://www.ibo.org/offices/profsupport/documents/environmentalpolicynew.pdf
24 The Earth Charter; Carolyn Lochhead, “Barbara Boxer see carbon tax in the mix” Union Times Jan. 22, 2013. At http://blog.timesunion.com/politicssource/barbara-boxer-sees-carbon-tax-in-the-mix/4709/
25 The Earth Charter; See also IB lesson plan: http://globalengage.ibo.org/eng/ib-global-lessons-2008-global-poverty
26 For a review of three videos, Maurice Strong at the Earth Summit 1992; Tom DeWeese on Agenda 21; and, President Obama telling the American people why they need to pay more taxes on electricity go to:
These are the ideals being taught in the International Baccalaureate and infused throughout other curricula in U.S. schools. These are also the policies that are harming our prosperity and economy. Our children deserve better.