The Talking Lion

Friday, August 19, 2005

I hate Fairfax, VA...

I don't really, but I've been home (in Fairfax) and it's the most boring place on earth. That's right. On. Earth.

While I was home I stumbled across an interesting
piece on the IB program in the Washington Post. I myself am a recipient of the the IB Diploma (short for International Baccalaureate, it's kind of like a harder, writing-intensive AP program, but all your classes are IB; go here for more info on the program).

The story is on how the introduction of the program has benifited schools with largely minority populations:
"The biggest benefit of IB to Mount Vernon High School is that now minority students have the same opportunities for an excellent high school education as the white students from more affluent homes," said Calhoon, recently retired and helping another struggling IB school near her home in Beaufort, S.C. "Any student who wants to excel can do so."

It's a great program and did an excellent job preparing me for college courses. The workload is tough but it made my 1st year at Pitt that much easier. However the program is not without its critics.

Here's one bright bulb:
Some say IB does not align with some of the college courses for which it, like the much larger Advanced Placement program, was designed to substitute. Others say it puts too much emphasis on international understanding. One Fairfax County parent went so far as to say IB "promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism and moral relativism while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty."

Sigh. I wish I was at this meeting so I could laughed loudly in the face of this concerned parent.

I feel sorry for every teacher that had to deal with that parent complaining that the book that was assigned was too pinko-feminist. I especially feel sorry for the science teacher who has to waste their time defending the teaching of evolution to this schmuck's kid.

They don't pay teachers enough as it is.

Radical environmentalism?...sigh...

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