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Greetings, readers. If you know me from Twitter, then you’ll know that I rant about IB unexpectedly. Well, here is a formal explanation as to why I criticize it.
First of all, when I was in Elementary School, I was told that I was gifted. The school placed me in SOAR. All we did in SOAR was test for PACE once a year. I never got in.
Well, when the 5th Grade was almost over, IB had existed for one year, and I decided to test for it.
I got to the school to take the test, I realized something that got me worried: The IB test packets, questions, and formats were 100% identical to the PACE tests, questions, and formants. The only difference was an essay, and I must admit, I did not have an excellent talent for persuasive writing back then. I’d prefer not to discuss what I wrote about, because today I realize I could not have been a bigger idiot when I wrote it.
So, when I get to Middle School, I am sequestered from nearly everyone from my childhood, simply because the school system intends for students to make new friends - and who knows, maybe even abandon the old ones. If you and your friends were both AP or Regular, you were most likely going to be reunited in Junior High School, along with possibly still being with your new friends. However, it’s still sequestered in Junior High, up until after the 10th Grade, which is the cutoff point for many things (Mandatory Physical Education, IB, etc.).
The IB system requires a student to do a certain amount of community service hours. I forgot the full number, and the IB website didn’t say exactly, but something that happened in my Science class struck me. You see, in my school, IB (or MYP, as they also call it here), has begun to lose funding from the state. As a result, the IB and Honors (or AP) classes were blended. (Which is how I met my love interest, but that’s another story.) During class, our teacher passed out a paper to all the IB students. I glanced at it, and it was a fundraiser paper. The students were selling plants. However, something stood out to me: The students would be granted a certain number of community service hours (unable to remember the amount, probably 10 or 20 hours) if they sold a certain amount of plants. In other words, the IB system considers selling Christmas plants to fund itself a community service.
I told the student how ridiculous that was, and he said, “We have so much homework that we can’t really do community service.” To be honest, I highly doubt that. You can do homework in class, manage your time perfectly, and go do service on the weekends. If you have a project, then you won’t be able to do as much community service. Besides, if t was virtually impossible for the students to do said service, then why haven’t parents complained and asked the people who run IB to remove the service requirement?
In IB, you’re sequestered for 2 (would have been 5 if they didn’t start to lose funding) years from the rest of the students. Due to human nature, such a sequesterment can subconciously teach a person that they are better than the other students because they were set apart. As a result, we end up with arrogant, self-righteous asshole students who lose their courtesy for others who aren’t also IB students.
IB supposedly teaches students to think on an international level. However, there’s an issue with this. This is, bluntly put, forcing the internationalist ideology on the future leaders and workforce of the United States of America. The problem with this is that teaching the students such a thing will convince them to move to nations with better GDPs, rather than working to fix America’s own GDP. Thus, by forcing this upon our youth, we shoot ourselves in the foot, and if IB is not cut en masse, we might feel consequences later. Therefore, the IB program will become an inevitable menace to the our current way of life, the availability of opportunity, and the American Dream, if we do not cut it out of schools or severely strangle its funding.