In-depth discussion controlled largely by students is what International Baccalaureate (IB) is all about? Created in Switzerland in 1968 for students in international schools, IB is now offered in 3,500 schools across 143 countries — with 1,370 public and private schools (and counting) in the U.S. IB has gained popularity for setting high standards and emphasizing creative and critical thinking. IB students are responsible for their own learning, choosing topics and devising their own projects, while teachers act more as supervisors or mentors than sources of facts. IB emphasizes research and encourages students to learn from their peers, with students actively critiquing one another’s work. Beyond preparing students for critical thinking and college-level work, the full IB program calls for students to express themselves through writing, requires community service, and aims “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that prescribes the use of three programs for students aged 3 to 19 in order to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The Diploma Program is one of the three IB programs, along with the PYP (Primary Years Program) and the MYP (Middle Years Program).
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. (www.ibo.org)
The success of an IB school lies with the teachers, who play a vital role in initiating discussions, sharing and developing ideas along with the students – intensive teacher training programs can be set up.
There are 554 schools in the Asia-Pac region, with Australia, China and India being the hot markets.