East is East and West is West

Considering evidence from different authorities, East is East and West is West analyses the IB learner profile and asks how appropriate it is for the cultures of East Asia.

The paper concludes that the learner profile does indeed reflect the strong Western humanist foundations of the IB, but accepts that the organization’s successful growth (not least in its Asia-Pacific region) makes sudden change unlikely and undesirable.

Instead, it recommends that the learner profile be reviewed regularly and used as a focus for
internal debate on this issue.

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    The paper helps bring some perspective to the criticism of IB as being a UN “plot”, encouraging one nation. From my view, IB encourages context and big picture ideas especially in MYP. This is more than the usual state standards.

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