If it's an international conspiracy -- well I'm all for it. The world is becoming a smaller place as we speak, and we need to come together rather than isolate ourselves in paradigms wrapped up in tradition!
... I'm also in the middle of doing my TOK essay, hence the very TOK-ish tone of the post.
Just my two pence.
there's a thread on this article already...
But yes, I agree, the article is rather ridiculous...
On one hand, yes that article is ridiculous. On the other hand, the IB programme isn't the greatest thing on earth either. What is wrong with TOK? "Blah blah blah, meaning of life, blah blah, perception" O good god, I've never wanted to stab a teacher as much. And how EXACTLY is the IB superior to taking APs? No its not really "evil, satanist, marxist, w/e. Yes, it isn't REALLY necessary to instate it.
once again, i am not familiar with ap system. but excuse me, i would be ashamed if i couldn't divide on paper at the age of 30. and i would also be ashamed if i knew nothing about shakespeare. university is where we can specialize and drop all the stuff we don't like because we have a BASE already. school is to prepare us and give us BROAD knowledge. so that we have a choice afterwards.
i never said that tok was enlightening. i am not saying it has the same effect on everyone. i agree that most of the time is it boring. but excuse me, can you perhaps accept that some people actually might find it potentially interesting? what is wrong with that? and tok is not playing a huge role in the ib anyways. write a mediocre essay and get your 1 point. and leave alone people who think that tok actually gave them something, even if it's not much.
now, cas. what is 150 hours over almost 2 years? and by the way, cas is not only about charity. what is wrong with giving people stimulus to do sports? or to take photography classes to BROADEN their knowledge. and about charity... well, i do care that some people out there are suffering because we can't even do several hundreds or thousands euros charity to increase their standards of living because they just happened to be the victims of the society (blame history, or whatever, here is the problem and we have to deal with it). but i am lazy to do those things just like most of the high school students (or even people in general?). and cas gives some sort of insentive to do those charity activities which in the end of the day make me feel better about myself. but then again, as far as i know in order to graduate from a school in US, students have to do some charity activities. well then, cas is just an ib equivalent.
now forcing. well, sometimes we have to be forced especially when it is in our own benefit and the only reason we don't want to do it is because of our lazyness. before coming to ib i was under kazakh educational system which is very similar to the russian one. we HAD NO CHOICE. we had to take all the subjects. we were forced to do them. and i am soooooo thankful. because when i came here, switching to english ceased being a problem after some time. and because i had to take all sorts of subjects in my old school, i got into the higher honor roll in the end of the trimester (+ i came to school in the middle of the trimester). i was given BROAD knowledge and when i came here i just enjoyed the easy time. so, this is no bad forcing after all. this is just making us do things that will help us later.
and last thing. in the end of the day ib is not about what knowledge we gain. it teaches us how to approach problems. it teaches us the skills that go far beyond everyday school life. take any subject... english, maths, chemistry, theatre... all of them are just full of skills that can be used later beyond that subject field. i am not saying that ib is perfect. what i mean is that it gives us broad knowledge which will come handy later.
The IB might not be anti-Christian but anti-Christian teachers (atheist) take opportunity of Theory of knowledge to spread their beliefs and condemn religion by discriminating their students who happen to be Christians. I'm speaking from personal experience.