Our primary purpose here at TAIB is to focus on how IB is not a good fit for American public schools. Recently, we have encountered many objections to IB coming from the private Catholic school arena. Catholic schools should do due diligence in comparing IB's philosophy with that of the Catholic Church before bringing IB programs into its parochial schools.
Here is a letter from a teacher who has experienced the IB program first hand. WOW! It appears that he sent this right to St. Judes. I asked his permission to share this with the Catholic Parents Online group as well.
From: JJOHNSON@CSBSJU.EDU To: XXXXXXXXXXXX.com Subject: I am sending this to everyone about the IB disaster. Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 03:07:56 +0000
This goes out to everyone on the staff at St. Judes. You must stop this from happening at all costs.
Start forwarding this to every parent you can, right away, and ask them to forward this. The IB program is not just wrong, it is demonic. Jeff Johnson, XXX-XXX-XXXX
You are receiving this letter because someone in your community has asked me to write it, and it has to do with the fact that you are entering into the hallucination that the IB program would be a good one to adopt at your little Catholic School. You are making a grave error, and as a faculty, parish, and community should back up and ruthlessly interrogate this step. My name is Jeff Johnson. I live in rural Collegeville, not far from St. John’s University, and while I currently teach college English in the MnSCU system, most of my life as a student and educator has been devoted to Catholic schools. I have witnessed and lived through precisely what can happen to a Catholic school that adopts both the curriculum and agenda—partly available to the public, partly covert—of the International Baccalaureate Program, and there is no doubt in my mind you are about to harm the Catholic ethos of your school. As I write you all from my peat bog on this bitterly cold January evening, I can hear the story you are telling yourselves, that you can be Catholic and IB, and though the bitterness this notion will bother me for the rest of my days, I evoke to begin our Lord and Savior, who warns us in the Gospels of the impossibility of serving two masters.
I was brutally, publically grudge-fired from St. John’s Preparatory School in 2009; many other teachers were fired or fled with me. Yes, there was a disastrous and immediate personality conflict between the new principal Kathy Kockler and me, but pushing back against her obsession with inflicting the IB program on the school I loved and served for 19 years was a huge factor.
Many of us in the 2008/2009 school year observed that her devotion to altering what historically was an excellent, college preparatory was fanatic, even religious; to speak against it in faculty meetings was clearly sacrilege. Quickly, as meetings to discuss this unfolded, our faculty was torn asunder, and divided, which led to a terrible revolution—as depicted in any history textbook—between liberals and conservative Roman Catholics on staff. Our questions then should be yours now: 1. Our trained, highly educated faculty should be able to tell itself what to do, and how to provide to our students a high quality education on our terms. Why should we surrender our academic freedom, and adopt any other curriculum as authoritative, especially a globalist dream of the United Nations, and strangers in Geneva Switzerland? 2. Why would we adopt a curriculum that has anything to do with the UN (the largest abortion lobby on earth) or UNESCO, two organizations that are signatories to the Earth Charter and Agenda 21?
3. How can it be responsible to spend our tuition, resources and tax dollars on something from the European Union, which is every day more anti-Christian, anti-Catholic? 4. What effect will this obsession on global thinking have on our students’ self-perception, and sense of patriotism? 5. How can the introduction of the IB program do anything but dilute further the Catholic ethos and identity of our school? 6. Why would we do something that would increase the cost per student from $14,000 annually to $18,500 (training, IB administrative costs etc.).
When I was fired, it was hoped I would go quietly, but when I didn’t, the results were catastrophic: the students staged a walk-out; a face book page of protest bloomed into being with hundreds of angry students and alums; endless letters, e-mails, and phone calls ensued. By the spring of 2009, ten of the conservative Catholics were fired, including a man I consider a saint, Patrick Flynn who now teaches at Cathedral High School. At the end of the year, another six teachers and administrators left in frustration, most notably Mike Mullin who is now the president of Cathedral in St. Cloud (five former SJP teachers are there now). Over 15 teachers left the next year, and even Kathy Kockler was fired quietly. While the school has recovered somewhat, enrollment fell from 355 to 290.
The IB program has altered forever the school I served. My AP English class, which earned endless and free college credit for two decades, was cancelled, and replaced by IB Literature and Language; I have been teaching literature for 26 years, and recognize very few of the writers. I observe from the web site that a theology class has been replaced by IB Philosophy of Religion. The school to this minute tells the world that they are Catholic and IB, but everyone knows the weekly all school prayer service has been discontinued, and Mass is less frequent. St. Jude’s of the Lake, named after my confirmation saint of all difficult situations: you just can’t do this. The earth is trembling, and the signs of the times, as foretold in the Gospels, are upon us. This is no time to look to Godless Europe for answers for our Catholic schools. Everything is sliding so quickly towards the secular, and bringing the IB program to your door will only make this slope more slippery. At 53, when I look up at Minnesota Catholic schools, I see a losing battle. Though I am full time in MnSCU, I was hired by the College of St. Benedict, and have taught there the last two years as a late afternoon adjunct. CSB/SJU is sliding quickly like many Catholic institutions: it was 98% Catholic in 1980 when I was a student there, and now it has dwindled to 57% Catholic…nearly 20% of Johnnies and Bennies show up reporting as atheist. Your little Catholic school is in the same danger…all Catholic Schools are, of closing, of caving, of giving in not to the teachings of our Church, but the wide and dangerous world. Perhaps you are thinking you should call the priest that fired me along with Kathy Kockler to see if this is all true. You can, but he is not an honest man…he might tell you the IB program is going just great, that I was fired for insubordination, for being overly conservative, but he will likely not tell you he announced to the SJP Board of Regents in 2009 that the school needed new leadership, that he tried and failed to get a different job at a tiny college in South Dakota, that he has participated in numerous cover-ups of sexual abuse perpetrated by the 30 odd monks of St. John’s Abbey (behindthepinecurtain.com). Better to contact the president of Cathedral High School Mike Mullin, who leads a school that has rejected what you might embrace. We just don’t need the UN to tell us what to do, any more than we need them as observers at our polling places, changing our building and industrial codes, or killing millions of unborn and yet to be born children on this planet of misfortune. I teach MWF, and would drive to your school any Tuesday or Thursday to say this in person. How happy I was to visit your website, and see actual uniforms…at St. Stephen’s School in Anoka, we wore the same. In Christ, Jeff Johnson. PS: I am sending this everywhere, to your staff, faculty, parents, priests, archbishops, National Guard.
NEW YORK, November 18 (C-FAM) A sign nailed to a tree trunk in a family’s front yard reads, “NO IB, Stop Wasting Money, Keep the UN Out of Our Schools.” Across the Arizona town, a school board member criticizes a curriculum she says surrenders local control to a foreign organization that promotes world government.
The debate means one American community has awakened to the International Baccalaureate, a study program quietly embraced by nearly 1,000 U.S. campuses and 139 countries worldwide. While found mostly in public high schools, the curriculum has touched middle and elementary schools, and even a number of Catholic schools.
“IB is the biggest educational scam perpetrated on American schools today,” says Lisa McLoughlin, a Long Island mother and leading critic. She says schools shouldn't spend tax dollars on the program, and questions if Catholic schools are aware of its underlying, liberal internationalist philosophy.
“IB students learn diversity, multiculturalism, and international-mindedness, but can they do math? Do they learn grammar? Can they write a paper?” says McLoughlin.
The IB comes from a non-profit educational foundation of the same name founded in Switzerland in 1968. Its early money came from the United Nations, as well as the 20th Century Fund and Ford Foundation.
The baccalaureate foundation maintains close ties to the UN through its cultural and education agency, UNESCO. It regularly participates in UNESCO meetings and comments on its proposals in education. UNESCO still funds some IB projects, as does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Despite its direct relationship with the UN, IBdenies any UN influence on its curriculum.
But critics say IB is anti-American, undermines national sovereignty, and promotes radical environmentalism. Until recently, IB endorsed the Earth Charter, which supports population control and socialism. The Earth Charter argues that all nations should implement its principles in an international treaty.
Some also criticize IB’s non-traditional curriculum and lack of transparency. To discover the actual curriculum, outsiders must buy course guides from the foundation itself. But even then the course guides are vague, McLoughlin says.
McLoughlin became interested in the curriculum after it arrived at her family’s public high school. She created the website,www.truthaboutib.com, described by a Washington Post column as “remarkably fair” despite its clear anti-IB agenda.
She says IB promotes moral relativism and undermines familial values. An IB director, for example, said in a speech that questions about ethical obligations, human rights, beliefs, and moral responsibility have “no right or wrong answers.”
A document on IB’swebsite contains a curriculum model that emphasizes “Sharing the planet.” It promotes world citizenship, and says students need a greater understanding of internationalism because of the “prevalence of discrimination, racism in all its forms . . . and environmental destruction.”
Whatever its official relationship to the UN, the IB's personal ties run deep. The foundation's chair isCarol Bellamy, who formerly led the United Nation’s Children’s Fund. During her tenure, UNICEF promoted abortion rights, sex ed for children that encouraged promiscuity, and a radical feminist agenda.
And its close relationship to UNESCO draws the IB into another education controversy. As recentlyreportedby the Friday Fax, UNESCO promotes sex education for children of all ages. UNESCO also supports legalized abortion, homosexuality, and the abolishment of traditional gender identities.
Dear Bishops and Principals,
I'm writing to you today in reference to the International Baccalaureate Program that is in some of our Catholic schools.
As a Catholic mother who has devoted a great deal of time to researching this program, I'm deeply disturbed that some of the Catholic schools are offering this program to their students. There is a great deal of criticism that I believe you should familiarize yourself with.
The IBO is affiliated with the United Nations. This organization itself comes with a great deal of scandal. From supporting population control measures and abortion the list is long.
(page 12) You will note that "population" is among the topics listed.
On top of all of these issues, the IB program uses a Constructivist method in the classroom. However you will find from these studies that this type of method actually puts students behind their peers in a similar "direct instruction" classroom.www.cogtech.usc.edu/publications/kirschner_Sweller_Clark.pdf(Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching)
Finally I'm attaching a file that really does a wonderful job of critiquing this program.
As a mother of children who've only attended Catholic schools, I would be outraged if I discovered my child participated in an IB program now that I have additional information. I think it's only fair that parents have a solid understanding that there are controversial issues that surround the curriculum and the organization.
This is a program that says it seeks to teach children to think "critically". I believe parents have the right to have full access to information when they enroll their students at an IB Catholic school. I urge you to analyze the information I've sent and share it with the parents.
Transparency is a must for any school and diocese. Parents like myself would be extremely disappointed if this information was withheld and only biased information was presented.
November 21, 2010- TAIB is grateful to the Catholic Families for its recent article about IB. It is hard to predict what sort of reach an interview of that nature will have, but TAIB can report that we have received hundreds of hits from the article's link to this website. A number of hits originated in Brazil and we found our way to a blog calledViVerdeNova. It is written in Portugese, but you can click on the "translate to English" tab at the top. I don't know about the rest of you, but I thought this was pretty darn cool. ;-)
Lisa McLoughlin, a housewife from Long Island who raised her voice to denounce and criticize the curriculum of the IB says that "education is the biggest fraud perpetrated against the American School today."(http://www.c-fam.org/Internationalist Curriculum Infiltrate U.S. Schools, by Seana Cranston, edition of 18 Novembro/2010).In Brazil we have dozens of schools in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre ...cheating minds.
There are dozens of the best Brazilian schools, including some Catholics, who adopted the curriculum of the IB."UNESCO and the Bill and Melinda Gates, finance some of the IB. Is the education of future political leaders and opinion makers in the internationalist playbook, ignoring national sovereignty and promoting internationalism masquerading as environmentalism.
IB, is chaired by Carol Bellamy, who directed the same UNICEF, promoting abortion and promiscuous sex education of children, as well as a radical women's agenda.UNESCO also supports "legal abortion, homosexuality and the abolition of traditional gender identities."
The study plans of IB are intimately linked to internationalism, moral relativism and contempt for family values.Defend "local control to a foreign authority that promotes world government."The IB Foundation, endorsed the "Earth Charter", which "supports population control and socialism" so that "all nations to implement their principles by an international treaty."You are in the face!You are in the media, in movies, in music, in performances for the youth!
This is what we are teaching our children in our schools.Ok in the face!So says owner Lisa McLoughlin: "Students learn about IB's diversity, multiculturalism and internationalist mindset. But, you know math? Learn grammar? Learn to write an essay?"Who wants to know more, the site of this brave lady is North American:www.truthaboutib.com.The same can be said of Brazilian schools forming functional illiterates.