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© International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Page 1 Social Enterprise Conference Panel on Education Reform March 2, 2008
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Education Reform: What can the US learn from the international community? Global Issues: What are the needs? College learning for the new global century (2007) identifies 21 st century skills for a university education: Cross-disciplinary knowledge Communication skills Teamwork Analytical reasoning Real world problem-solving skills. Page 2 An IB education: programmes designed to achieve these… plus: Encouraging international-mindedness Developing critical -thinking skills Celebrating cultural identity; cultural diversity … all of which transcends economic/geographical/ethnic borders
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Innovative solutions: An IB education Page 3 IB Founders: created key programme attributes strong international dimension student-centered adaptable to sovereign needs encourages students to think critically gives special emphasis to language learning focuses on developing the skill of learning encourages students to become responsible community members IB now a universal initiative meets 21 st century needs inspires change by challenging students, educators.
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Education Reform: What can the US learn from the international community? Examples: The program focuses on getting kids to think deeply about disciplines, about learning and about themselves, says David Weiss, president of the Guild of International Baccalaureate Schools of the Northeast and assistant superintendent of Commack Public Schools, on Long Island. There are many people who dont think that ought to be included in education. "Students are asked to investigate the cultural constructs through which they view the world," says John Murphy, IB coordinator at Rockville Centre school. A biology class will explore not only the protein sequences of DNA but also thorny societal questions: To what extent are we defined by our genes? By our cultures? Page 4
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