Some Schools and Laws Try to Hide the International Baccalaureate Name

Some schools and laws are changing the name of the International Baccalaureate program to International Studies in order to make people think they are not using the International Baccalaureate.

Following are three versions of information concerning the International Baccalaureate program on the Jonesboro School District website. Note the underlined portions in bold which is added for emphasis by this writer. Jonesboro moves  from calling  their program from an International  Baccalaureate program and saying they will apply as soon as possible in the first posting to calling it  International Studies and saying they may apply for the International Baccalaureate; then the  last version  leaves out all reference to International Baccalaureate program and just calls it International Studies.  The changes came after administrators realized information was getting around to the community and they were beginning to get articles from the community describing what IB realy is.

November 18, 06 version when I wrote the first article  which circulated in the community.  This link no longer exists:
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (INTERNATIONAL BACCUALAREATE):  The International Studies program will provide students with the background and skills for future career opportunities in the global community.  Students will frame all learning within a world perspective while studying about business and law; environmental and biological sciences; government and public service; diplomacy and international organizations; media and public relations; health care and education.  All students will also have an opportunity to learn a second language.  The curriculum is highly rigorous and moves at a quicker pace with high expectations for all students.  The school will apply for International Baccalaureate status as soon as possible.    
 
December 19, 06 version
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES at SAC - Arthur Jackson, Principal :  The International Studies program will provide students with the background and skills for future career opportunities in the global community.  Students will frame all learning within a world perspective while studying about business and law; environmental and biological sciences; government and public service; diplomacy and international organizations; media and public relations; health care and education.  All students will also have an opportunity to learn a second language.  The curriculum is highly rigorous and moves at a quicker pace with high expectations for all students.  The school may apply for International Baccalaureate status if funding becomes available.     
 

Jan 3, 2007 version - as more people confronted the issue; this is the final posting as of today, January 19, 07 - As a principal noted to a citizen, there is no mention of International Baccalauareate Program on their website.  Fortunately the above  versions had been copied and pasted

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES at SAC - Arthur Jackson, Principal :  The International Studies program will provide students with the background and skills for future career opportunities in the global community.  Our curriculum will encourage students to be global minded as they explore how their world affects the bigger world in which we live.  Students will participate in innovative and challenging hands-on experiences based on the core academic curriculum set by state and national standards.  The curriculum will not be “textbook driven” but will focus on developing thinking and inquiring minds with opportunities for students to work in small groups and create projects.   Teachers will have high expectations for all students.  Students will frame all learning within a world perspective as they participate in in-depth studies of six units of inquiry.  Students at the International Studies School should be self-motivated with an enthusiasm for learning.  All students will also have an opportunity to learn a second language.   

Click here for more information about the International Studies magnet.  See this link:  http://www.jps.k12.ar.us/view/387 for this particular entry.