In a cooperative enterprise, we work efficiently and don’t get in each other’s way. But in a collaborative effort, we respect the diverse thinking of the group, realizing that each member’s contribution improves our end result in a way that wouldn’t have happened if we merely cooperated to ‘get the job done’.
When information on all topics explored by humanity to date is contained in the cloud, and in the palms of our students, we must ask ourselves about the role of schools and teachers, their relevance and effectiveness. Anyone who believes that schools and teachers will survive in the next decade by simply repeating the formulas […]
By Paul Campbell There is no doubt that education is advancing towards a place where what is taught and assessed also connects with what is relevant. But here we have an inherent paradox, particularly in the public sector, where education is also a traditional profession in a system that is slow to change. A new […]
By Robert Harrison Sometimes the IB’s mission can seem quite lofty and disconnected from the real world of teachers who feel overworked by their responsibilities and students who feel overwhelmed by course work and examinations. Can education really help to make a better world? The genius of the IB has always been tying up the […]
Proudly telling the world about our philosophy in our 50th anniversary year Jay Mathews’ employer for 50 years, The Washington Post, describes him as a Harvard-educated columnist and education writer with Chinese language skills and author of nine books, including five about high schools and a New York Times bestseller. It was also Jay who “created […]
Peter Stoyle has been involved with the IB since its very beginning. He was the Director General of a school in Montevideo when it was chosen in 1968 to be one of the first pilot schools to trial exams for what became the IB Diploma Programme (DP). But he might say that the most challenging […]
After completing a nine-month internship at the International Baccalaureate, Ocie Grimsley signs off by sharing the “Primary List” — 5 key dreams, goals and reflections for the future.
International-mindedness means very different things to teachers, parents and students around the world, so how do you analyze how an individual develops an internationally minded outlook and behaviours?
Today, more than half the population on the planet is under the age of 30—the biggest generation of children and young people that the world has ever seen. Through their creativity, energy and idealism, young people can bring about generational change, which can challenge the status quo and achieve positive outcomes—rapidly.
Corey Stixrud is the middle of three generations from the same family to either study or teach at the oldest IB World School in India. Now principal, he explains his loyalty to Kodaikanal International School in an Indian hill-station town.
The inspiring story of the retired IB teacher who set up a learning centre in Zambia for children with cancer.
Carol Bellamy has dedicated her life working to make the world a better place. She has left an inspirational mark in each organization she has led, both in the public and private sector.
It’s a complex world out there and educators are at the front line; having to absorb what’s happening and develop strategies to help their students navigate and thrive. David Homer, Chair of our IB examining board, tells us about the role that the IB can play in facing today’s challenges, and seek his advice for […]
Traditional age-based classrooms may be the norm, but they don’t have to be. Two IB World Schools share their experiences of multi-age teaching.
It speaks volumes when the man in charge of the world’s fourth-biggest public library insists digital technologies are an opportunity rather than a threat to libraries. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Anthony W Marx, president of New York Public Library, countered fears that they were dying.