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Emphasizing Human Values in Education

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and engaged through greater global cooperation, initiatives, and technology, the concept of global citizenship education has emerged as an approach that prepares young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the global frontier. Founded in 1968 and a pioneer in the field, the International Baccalaureate (IB) supports the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world for students ranging in age from 3 to 19. Over the last four decades, the programs encompassed by the IB have experienced dramatic growth worldwide.

Despite its growth and long having been a leader in global citizenship education approaches, the IB program has also had its critics who feel that the program subscribes to a particular ideology, according to a recent article. Dr. Ian Hill, International Baccalaureate's current deputy director general, attributes IB's success to a balanced curriculum, individual and collaborative planning, language acquisition, trans-disciplinary learning, community service, and lifelong learning skills offered across all its school-programs. As part of an International Baccalaureate education, students learn to critically analyze different points of view and diverse perspectives by understanding the background of those people who express them. Dr. Hill appreciates their perspectives, but emphasizes that an IB education instills humanitarian values and intercultural understanding as a foundation to progress human development and tackle world problems, as opposed to pushing a particular ideology.

For more information:

An IB Education Stresses Human Values, But Not an Ideology (South China Morning Post)

International Baccalaureate (website)