Is the International Baccalaureate Programme Co-opting Your Child?

This is an interesting take. In New Zealand many parents are enrolling their children in the Baccalaureate programme as a counter to the extremely low standards of our state education system.

Maybe its a case of out of the frying pan into the fire!

L. R. Lee
By Laura Rambeau Lee

From Big Government

The International Baccalaureate Programme was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, byAlec Peterson. According to the IBO.org website Alec Peterson “was born in Edinburgh in 1908 and entered the teaching profession in 1932. During the Second World War Peterson was deputy-director of psychological warfare (writer’s italics) for South-East Asia Command, serving on Lord Mountbatten’s staff; and from 1952–54 he was director general of information services during the Malaysian emergency. This military background was to provide him with contacts at the highest levels—contacts that greatly assisted the acceptance of the IB by ministries of education and governments.”  Its mission is to create a better world through education.  In 2010 it implemented a five year strategy to establish its leadership in international education.


Although IB began as a secondary level education program, they now have three programs:  the Primary Years Programme (PYP) beginning with children aged 3 to 12; the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for children from 11 to 16 years old; and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students from 16 through 19 years old.

The IB has been recognized as a non-government organization (NGO) of UNESCO since 1970 and currently has the status of “formal consultative relations as a network” with UNESCO.  Representatives from IB participate regularly in UNESCO meetings and comment on UNESCO proposals in education in their Education for All initiative.  Although the IB programme initially began in private schools, today over half of all IB World Schools are state schools.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established on November 16, 1945. The goal of this organization is to work “to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.  It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.”

Today the IB has over 940,000 students in 3256 schools in over 140 countries.  In the United States, the Primary Years Programme is in 280 schools, the Middle Years Programme is in 445 schools, and the Diploma Programme is in 751 schools.

According to the IB website “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”.  In addition, “these programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Students in the IB Programme experience a rigorous course of study, with a focus on the global community and their responsibility to the world as a global citizen.  Their education focuses not only on the basics, but on the cultivation of the “international-mindedness” of the student.   The IB espouses the principle of educating “the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship.”  The core philosophy of the IB Programme is the “Theory of Knowledge” (TOK).  This theory essentially questions everything, starting with the basic “How do we know?” It encourages a child to question prior core factual knowledge. If, for instance, a consensus agrees that 2 + 2 = 5 then it must be true.

Students participating in the IB Programme are not assessed by their local schools.  There are over 10,500 examiners and moderators who assess their work and are located all over the world.

The current Chair of the IB Board of Governors is Carol Bellamy.  Prior to this position she was President and CEO of World Learning, a private, nonprofit organization promoting international understanding through education and development in over 70 countries.  She was an executive director of UNICEF from 1995 until 2005 and was also the first former volunteer to become Director of the Peace Corps, appointed to the position by President Clinton.  She had also worked at the financial institutions Bears Stearns and Morgan Stanley.  She was elected as New York State Senator in 1972 and was elected as the first female president of the New York City Council in 1977.  In 2007 she was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association, which protects workers rights and working conditions based on international labor standards.  On February 18, 2011 Bellamy was named Chair of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, a non-profit created to ensure that recruitment of foreign-educated health professionals to the United States is ethical, responsible and transparent.

The International Baccalaureate Programme is selecting our best and brightest children at the most impressionable time in their lives to indoctrinate them into becoming good “global citizens”.  It should be of great concern to all responsible and caring parents that the IB program does not recognize their child as an individual who may possess a special talent or ability. The program appears to be a well organized attempt to mold the child into becoming a good global citizen, impressing upon them that they are a part of the greater global community, or collective.  The primary focus of an IB education is on the environment, sustainability, economic justice and sharing our humanity.

The Global Engage IBO site quotes Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Odd choice of words, don’t you think?

Does this mean that the United Nations International Baccalaureate programme intends to change the world through the powerful weapon of education?

Students have made many videos for their International Baccalaureate projects that can be found on youtube. Watch a few of them. What our children are subjected to in IB is absolutely chilling.

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8 thoughts on “Is the International Baccalaureate Programme Co-opting Your Child?

  1. I count myself more and more fortunate that I had a grandfather who took the time to teach me how to understand, question, think and use logic for all matter of problem solving.

    Yet the fact remains, that any group supported or linked with the UN is as dangerous as a box of old TNT sweating nitro while you are in an old truck with no suspention and bouncing over a rocky, potholed road down hill and you find the breaks no longer work and the steering has also gone out…and the door does not open anymore as well.

    When the world believes that 2+2 = 5, then we are in mega trouble, and this seems to fall under the UNs Agenda 21 being pushed across the globe by a handfull of people.

  2. The UN Charter is almost a word for word carbon copy of the USSR Constitution. Both were created by the same people.

    Having the US in the UN like putting a black man in the KU-KLux-Klan.

  3. I have a long history with the International baccalaureate program.  My three older children graduated from the program.  They credit the IB program with arming them with what they needed to be successful in college; a strong liberal arts background, a strong understanding of how to best communicate ideas, a willingness to be accepting of others ideas and backgrounds, an ability to work in a diverse group in various settings, time management skills and above all an understanding of what it means to work “outside” the box, to be creative in their approach to problem solving. The IB Program fosters this type of learning environment. 

    IB teaches them to respect but question authority. They are not little drones coming out of the program, they are bright, intelligent, individuals that have a strong sense of their surroundings locally and globally.

    And yes, Nelson Mandella was right, education is the most powerful weapon when it comes to changing the world. It’s not bombs or war tactics. Educating people empowers them and gives them insight to the world around them, enables them to acquire better jobs and provide for their families.

    To say that IB students are not “assessed by their schools” is misleading. They are still subject to the required state testing in order to progress and graduate from their local school.

    And this video is just ridiculous! Seriously, this author has picked the most inane video to attach to their article to support their argument. It’s not a fair representation of the student body. IB programs are not part of some conspiracy.

    I feel fortunate that I have choices concerning the public education of my children, I also homeschool(ed). Magnet programs and IB programs are a step in the right direction when it comes to public education.

  4. To Connie I say that collectivism, pluralistic humanism and cultural marxism are just some of the things coming out of IB, whether you recognize them or not is of no concern to the IBO, in fact they’d prefer you didn’t.

    Your three little robots probably have no love of their country, are Western history apologists and ashamed of their own culture in favor of eastern philosophies, buddhism, environmentalism and Earth worship. Ask them some hard questions on communism, gay marriage, murder or global poverty and you’ll see right away how they’ve been indoctrinated with pre-canned UN morals. Liberal arts is just another phrase for socialist, left wing brainwashing.

  5. Agreed, if you think elementary schools should focus on maths, science, english, geography and history then think again, take a look at some major term projects at this PYP school!

    http://kidblog.org/PYPExhibition2014/

    Marriage Equality Issues
    Fair Trade
    Racism in Sport
    Animal Cruelty
    Issues with War Refugees
    Womens Rights
    Dangerous Diseases
    Body Image
    Racism and Refugees
    Border Patrol
    Extreme Poverty
    Mental Health issues
    Poverty and Homelessness
    Discrimination in Sports
    Human Rights

    1. These topics are obviously there to brainwash young children with Agenda 21 propaganda, why else would they be discussed in junior grade class? Don’t they have anything more productive to research?

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