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The International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate

Happily for all of us in “A’s Good Old USA,” our friends in other parts of the world tend to be patient with us. Either that, or they’re happy to let us sleep soundly as the rest of the world passes by in silence—perhaps like Aesop’s Tale of the Rabbit and the Tortoise. We will soon return to Aesop. Let’s move forward…

The International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate

When you hear the recent group of Republican candidates compliment residents on the far right of the political spectrum, there’s a whole lot of flag waving, biblical punching, and gun carrying that we didn’t even see 10 years ago. For example, remember when all baseball stadiums in the mid-seventies had footmarks with the metric equivalent under them as usual.

You remember the metric system, right? – its adoption was given, at least at the time, by our politicians something less than “short time”. This logical process of measuring by tens should be, as they say, “brainless”. He loses not because of his logic, but because it is “something foreign”. What are the chances of America adopting something “alien” today?

The International Baccalaureate

As an Italian acquaintance pointed out to me… You guys in the United States always portray Italians as gangsters. Your history book goes back maybe 300 years. His ways and government, for example, facilitated the spread of Christianity, brought water for hundreds of miles, accurately measured time and seasons, had an architecture that cannot be replicated today, and who, like the 14th Apostle Paul, could say “I am a Roman citizen,” guaranteed at least a trial when caught. process to important people.

Or maybe you’ve heard of Leonardo DaVinci, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Guglielmo Marconi, to name a few. Our history goes back 2000 years. You’ve been here for 5 minutes and you’ve been studying science, art, government, math, medicine, etc. You think you invented it.

American ethnocentrism is legendary. Sinclair Lewis wrote about it in the early 20th century. The “This Can’t Happen Here” book should be read today – right now – Hurry! Those in the Tea Party want it to be 1955 again when those “strangers know their place”. If we expect to be truly “competitive” (Presidents love that code word) in the 21st century, it’s time to change all that. Parents should at least request the International Baccalaureate as an option.

Interestingly, the same politicians of today are strong supporters of the old American Corporations that have become multinational and have no national borders or any national affiliation. Globalization has made this a reality.

The International Baccalaureate

So when you hear the President say that our schools need to become more competitive – Competitive With Who? and What About? Should Exxon America compete with Exxon India? It’s just plain Exxon now, right? USA vs India or not China. You might think so—and that’s how the media and politicians frame it for those who still want it to be a Memorial Day parade and a 4th of July Parade.

The International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate

For example, since ha cking another country’s computerized power grid, air traffic control system and banking system would cause much greater chaos and is already doable without a large aircraft carrier, they cite the new incredibly large Chinese aircraft carrier as a distraction, and if it were, the Chinese Army We’d all be killing each other in the streets while we slept in their beds.

Where are we going? Simply put, we think we invented Education in America. Our history books still pretend it all started in the Middle East *(just for Adam and Eve and some inappropriate religious stuff – like Jesus for example) – quickly traveled to Europe, then came here with Columbus. For example, aren’t we talking about the Arabs who invented algebra and did surgical things that astounded people in Europe, or the incredible things Marco Polo found in Kublai Khan’s palace? Surprised Europeans, of course, were the ones who were allowed to learn to read without fear of being perverted murder in the “Dark Ages”.

The International Baccalaureate

They say Patton had a hard time convincing his superiors about the tank concept in the next war, because around 1938 the US Army still had mounted cavalry. Tanks are called “Cavalry” today. Progress takes time here.

Our public school system, like the cavalry until WWII, is still trying to catch up with Sputnik, and spends most of its time taking or preparing multiple-choice tests out of context – who wants to become a millionaire. The current Standardized testing system has only one purpose, and that is to discourage young people – in classifying and classifying them – so that many eventually intuitively lower their aspirations, drop out of school, and take jobs that green-card people are now happy to take.

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