"Terrice Bassler is an education development specialist whose career has spanned several decades of working for both the World Bank in Washington and, during 1994-2005, for the Open Society Institute (foundations of philanthropist George Soros) in many parts of the world. Mrs. Bassler assists national governments, local communities and non-governmental educational organizations with their efforts to improve schooling, often during historic times of conflict, sociopolitical transition and human struggle."
Arne Duncan's Plan to use IB for Systemic Reform - 2007
October 22, 2010 - Special thanks to Debra Niwa, author of IB Unraveled for locating this information!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- world conference for heads of IB World schools
International Baccalaureate in cooperation with
California International Baccalaureate Organization (CIBO)
1. Using the IB for Systemic Reform in North America
ARNE DUNCAN, DENNIS COCHRANE
Arne Duncan, Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, and
Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister of Education for the
Province of Nova Scotia, will expand on their panel discussion
of the introduction of the IB throughout each of their school
Excerpt p 16:
The Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, named Arne Duncan
Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools in 2001. Mr. Duncan joined Chicago Public Schools in 1998, where he previously held the positions ofDirector of Magnet Schools and ProgramsandDeputy Chief of Staff. He graduated magna cum laude fromHarvard Universityin 1987, majoring insociology. He was co-captain of Harvard’s basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. From 1987-1991, he played professional basketball in Australia, where he also worked with children who were wards of the state. He returned to Chicago in 1992 to direct the Ariel Education Initiative, which seeks to create outstanding educational opportunities for children on the city’s South Side. In May of 2003, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lake Forest College.
CAPITALIZE ON FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
ANNENBERG CHALLENGE FUNDS IB MYP IN CHICAGO
Like something out of a bad Kafka novel, it may seem hard to believe, but Truth About IB is going to report it here first - due to the courageous and diligent efforts of Stanley Kurtz, the release of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge expenditure file reveals that money was allocated to the Beverly/Morgan Park IB MYP in 1997-1999, the years when Barry Obama and Bill Ayers served on the CAC Board. (Box 5,6)
In the linked article, Mr. Kurtz describes the "type" of educational reforms Obama and Ayers funded for Chicago's public school children:
This irrefutable evidence of funding of the IB program by an unrepentant domestic terrorist and IBO's willingness to accept the money, speaks volumes about the organization's integrity and ideology. If you look further into the Annenberg disbursements, you will find the South Side Community Network. This caught TAIB's attention because IBO seems to have a thing for U.S. schools with South Side in the name. A quick search of this "network" turns up the Woods Foundation: Please form your own opinion as to the legitimacy and goals of this "charitable fund". The lines and paper trails become extremely blurred at this point when trying to differentiate between what constitutes a "community organizer", an "educational non-profit" a "network", a "Challenge" or a "Fund". The ONE thing that binds them is a radical left-wing philosophy.
"........the school district and teachers worked together to close down a large, low-performing high school and open 6 new small schools to let parents and students choose between schools that focus on the arts or on technology, offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, or focus on workplace internships or world languages."
___________________________________________________________________________________________ How Much Does Duncan Like IB? Lots!
As demonstrated in news flashes below, TAIB has already connected the dots between Obama/Ayers/Duncan/Annenberg and IB. Chicago has THE highest concentration of IB schools in the country. The following press release from Chicago Public Schools was issued in 2005:
“We ’re proud to be leading the nation in incorporating this program, ” CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan said. “We want as many students as possible to have access to a challenging and innovative curriculum like the one IBMYP provides. ” ___________________________________________________________________________________________ The Ultimate Radical Connection - IBO & the Tides Foundation
While watching Glenn Beck's September 22nd show, a light bulb went off after TAIB viewed his presentation of "The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard: http://www.storyofstuff.com/
And who was this decidedly left-wing interpretation of our "government" funded by? The Tides Foundation, baby of George Soros! It never occurred to TAIB before to search out the connections between the Tides Foundation and IBO. But as soon as we did, the trail was incredibly simple to follow. Begin with IBO's Chair of the IB Board of Governors,Carol Bellamy and take one giant step backwards. One. That's all it took. Please follow the path in the document to the right. Thank you.
A stunning report just released by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago reveals to all Americans exactly what kind of school improvement we can expect under the leadership of Arne Duncan - NO improvement. While there appears to be a plethora of failing charter schools in Chicago, of particular note to TAIB are the IB high schools which came into existence under Duncan's school "reform" measures and with support from the Annenberg Foundation. You can locate an earlier article about Duncan and the Annenberg Foundation further down this page.
It is important to note that ONLY ONE IB SCHOOL (Lincoln Park), met the NCLB benchmark of 62.5% proficiency on State standardized exams in one subject, Reading, but not Math or Science. Overall, in 2001, 27.2% of Chicago's public school students met or exceeded 11th Grade State standards. In 2008, 27.2% of Chicago's students met or exceeded 11th Grade State standards. Eight years and millions upon millions of dollars spent on "school reform" and not even a 1/10th of 1% in improvement!
The report contains no flowery language and makes no excuses. IB is not directly referred to in the report. TAIB identified the IB schools by referring to IBO's search engine. Of the 16 Chicago IB schools, two are not reflected in the report; The British School as it was authorized in February, 2009, and St. Scholastica, which is private.
Below, please find the range of proficiency for Chicago students in Science, Math and Reading at schools with the IB Diploma Programme: (pgs. 4 & 5)
British School - N/A (authorized 02/09) Curie Metro - 30-41% George Washington - 11-18% Hubbard - 31-33% Hyde Park - 10-20% Lincoln Park - 59-62% Michele Clark - 16-26% Morgan Park - 32-40% Nicholas Senn - 11-15% Prosser Career - 32-35% Roald Amundsen - 18-23% St. Scholastica - N/A (private) Steinmetz - 18-23% Thomas Kelly - 20-30% William Howard Taft - 33-40% William Bogan - 10-18%
Not only are these outcomes abyssmal in general, 50% of the IB schools came in BELOW the abyssmal flat statistic of 27.2% meeting or exceeding State standards!!
The proof is "in the pudding" as they say. The CCCCC Report stands as stark evidence that when stripped of its smoke and mirrors, its bloviating and boasting, IB does nothing to improve schools for inner city children.
It's pretty safe to say that no matter what a parent's political affiliation may be, unless they are completely devoid of any parental love or responsibility, they want the best education that they can afford for their children. Most want their children to grow up and be able to lead successful and happy lives and to graduate at least high school with a sound foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable them to land good jobs. Some choose private schools, some choose to homeschool, but the vast majority of parents in the United States have come to rely upon their public school systems to provide the knowledge base their children need. While administrators have placed tremendous stress and emphasis on students continuing on to university, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, in 2009, only 69% of all public school students actually attained a high school diploma.
This is not a number we as Americans should be proud of. The inner cities and large illegal immigrant population in the United States have dragged this percentage down substantially. The New York Times published an article in 2009, which demonstrated the significant graduation gap of 54% in NYC schools, compared with 83% in the NY suburbs. If you haven't heard mention of "closing the achievement gap" by now, dare I say ,you must have been in a coma for the past decade.
When a public school system seeks to "reform" or "improve" its current standings, it should be incumbent on the powers that be to first categorize the schools as either well-to-do or significantly impoverished. Too often, educators and politicians believe that throwing more money at impoverished districts will magically solve all of the other problems. This is where IB comes in.
In 2008, Elizabeth Brock, head of research, development and communications for IB North America, was quoted in U.S. News and World Reports as saying, "In the United States, the IB has received much support from governments and policy makers, including the U.S. Department of Education and local school districts, to increase student achievement and to turn around low-performing schools."
Consider for a moment, that you, the taxpayers, are the ones who are funding the policy decisions of the U.S. Department of Education and your local school districts. We hear an awful lot about the need for accountability, but when it comes right down to it, where is the proof that this very expensive form of international education actually increases student achievement or turns around low-performing U.S. schools?
The answer is, there is no proof. A perfect example is the city of Chicago. In 1998, there was only one IB school. Under the leadership of Arne Duncan, our current head of the U.S. Department of Education, the number of public IB high schools in Chicago grew to 15, the most recent was authorized in February of 2009. Of the remaining 14, only ONE, Lincoln Park, met the NCLB benchmark of 62.5% in reading, but failed to meet the benchmark for science. It is vital that districts considering IB pay attention to the following stats: In 2001, only 27.2% of the students in Chicago's public high schools met or exceeded 11th Grade standards. In 2008, only 27.2% met or exceeded 11th Grade standards. When calculated separately, an abysmal 50% of the IB schools came in BELOW the 27.2% figure!
Eight years worth of data and not even 1/10th of 1% improvement. Ms. Brock's claim that IB received "support" from the U.S. government and policy makers is undoubtedly true. HOWEVER, that support did not yield the intended results - or did it? It would be very convenient for our current administration to blame those results on President Bush, but the fact of the matter is the spread of IB in Chicago came directly as a result of partial funding from the Annenberg Challenge, a board on which Obama and Bill Ayers both sat. Interestingly, as of April 2009 during Obama 's first year in office, the Chicago Public Schools website is "no longer a public site". However, in March, 2005, Arne Duncan was quoted as saying about IB, "We're proud to be leading the nation in incorporting this program. We want as many students as possible to have access to a challenging and innovative program like the IBMYP provides."
Is IB really challenging, Mr. Duncan? Or is it just a political ruse to indoctrinate students by a foreign entity that is an arm of UNESCO?
As Americans, we are now faced with a government that is spending like a drunken sailor without any regard for the debtload our children and grandchildren will have to bear. It should be clear that the Obama/Duncan endorsement of IB is a bigger part of its socialist political agenda to dumb-down our public schools and make them subservient to IBO's ideology to create "global citizens" and a New World Order. (pg. 11)
Do not be swayed by globalist rhetoric and educationese espoused by elitists. Improving our public schools should be a priority. Americans are waking up. We are tired of being lied to, we are tired of seeing our hard earned dollars being wasted on programs the don't work. In order to improve entire schools, we must focus our attention on providing the basics and real skills, not a designer label which benefits a handful of students who would naturally excel anyway with our existing educational options. I have shown you long-term, documented proof that IB does not improve low-achieving public schools. It is now up to you to apply common sense and prevent this program from taking over your schools, no matter how tempting short-term Federal grant money may be. Because in the end, once IB gets its foot in your door, the Federal money will disappear and the taxpayers get stuck holding the bag.