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  •  The International Baccalerauate program (0+ / 0-)

    was set up in Switzerland in 1968 to make sure than students going to highly prestigious universities in Europe from the developing world would have an education to prepare them for Oxford or Cambridge. IB then grew into a world wide high school honors program used around the world. It focus's on international awareness and high academic standards. My kid went to an IB school in suburban Orlando, FL. Right wingers hate it because it provides an international education. Each student must do 120 hours of community service, write a 3500 word long paper on a specific topic, take a year long class in critical thinking skills. Also 4 years of a foreign language, 4 years of math, 4 years of lab science, 4 years of history. IB kids have very little social life. But they get great scholarship offers for college. My kid basically got a free ride. Also to graduate you have to take 6 tests over a two week period like kids in British grammar schools take.

    •  Thanks kmackle - I don't think we have them in CA (0+ / 0-)

      We have a lot of AP courses in our high schools, but I haven't heard of any IB programs here in the SF area.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:22:34 PM PDT

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      •  The programs are similar and count for the same (0+ / 0-)

        college credit but the IB program is more of a unified system. Florida uses it extensively as does England. It is used in Chicago, but not the suburbs. And righties hate it. They see it as anti-American internationalist brainwashing. But in the end AP courses are just as good.

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