IBO Conflicts with Christian values
IBO - A Controversial UN Global Education Program That Conflicts With Judeo-Christian Values
Has Been Established In Arkansas by SB1054 of 2005
It was slipped through the legislature with not one legislator voting against it.
It was being implemented in Jonesboro, Arkansas as an elementary magnet school
It has already been implemented at Springdale, Hot Springs, and North Little Rock
So What is IBO? IBO stands for International Baccalaureate Organization. " School board members in a Minnesota district call it anti-American and anti-Christian. In New Jersey, members of one school board argue it's a waste of money. Now, a suburban Pittsburgh school district is abolishing it over questions of politics and cost" 1 Critics argue that IB's multicultural themes promote values that conflict with traditional Judeo-Christian values. One teachers objects to the program because of IBO's endorsement of the Earth Charter which calls for sustainability of the Earth through,, among other things, responsible reproduction and wealth distribution. Many opponents have called it Marxist. 2.
Jeanne Geiger, an outspoken critic of the program in Reston, Va., wrote to a local newspaper: "Administrators do not tell you that the current IB program for ages 3 through grade 12 promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty." 3
IBO is a very expensive controversial educational program. One organization has estimated that it "costs taxpayers about $200,000 per year over regular school expenses to have the IB program in a school. 4 It is often substituted for advanced placement courses that one critic describes this way: "No longer are children learning the difference between capitalism and socialism. No longer are children being taught why the United States became the most powerful economic engine the world has ever known. Instead, they are being taught that with less than 5 percent of the world's population, the U.S. uses 25 percent of the world's resources and produces 25 percent of the world's pollution. 5
"They are being taught that the U.S. is the No. 1 terrorist nation. They are being taught that the rest of the world is mired in poverty because of the greedy capitalists in the United States." IBO is also referred to as social engineering." 6
International Baccalaureate Organization (also known as IB, IBO, IBP, MYP, ISM - PYP) is a United Nations educational program located in Geneva, Switzerland. IBO "has endorsed the Earth Charter - an earth-centered collection of global principles which honor global political-ethical-moral and spiritual unification. Some, such as Mikhail Gorbachev, have gone so far as to compare the Earth Charter with 'those 10 or 15 Commandments which we all know about...those famous testaments...'" 7
United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provided the funding to create the IBO program. "In one of its first efforts in 1949, the UNESCO textbook, titled 'Toward World Understanding,' used to teach teachers what to teach, said: 'As long as the child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education in world-mindedness can produce only rather precarious results. As we have pointed out, it is frequently the family that infects the child with extreme nationalism.'" 8
"In addition to all the above concerns, PABBIS receives a greatly disproportionate number of complaints about books from parents of children in the IB program. Some parents have not entered or have withdrawn from the IB program just to avoid running the gauntlet of controversial IB program books that use extremely vulgar sexual themes. 10
The IBO is now providing the curriculum for 33,000 teachers in nearly 1,500 schools around the world, 55 of which are middle schools in the Washington D.C. area. 11
The International Baccalaureate Program is being implemented in Arkansas at this time. It is mentioned about 20 times in the ADE's "Rules and Regulations Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Diploma Incentive Program, October 05," The rules are based on a law passed during the 2005 session, SB1054 sponsored by Senator Salmon and now Act 2152. 12
Not one legislator voted against the bill. It was slipped through as a type of advanced placement program that would require the students to study harder. Some legislators who voted said it made them sick when they realized they had voted for something like this. They thought it was just a program that would make the students study harder. Probably no more than 10% of the legislators even know it is being implemented. 13
Since its beginning, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been trying to impose an international curriculum to prepare students for world government. More than 500 U.S. schools are now using the International Baccalaureate program, and the Department of Education has just awarded a $1.2 million grant to expand the program in middle schools in Arizona, Massachusetts and New York. 14
One legislator who attended a seminar on IBO educational program in Washington said the 100 hours of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) required by IB Diploma would create a belief system that would cause the students to reject the gospel. This TOK is described as "a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other cultural perspectives." 15
The three IB programs offered are: Primary Years Program (PYP) ages 3 to 12, a Middle Years Program (MYP) ages 11 to 16, and a Diploma Program (DP) for children ages 16 to 19 (All of the programs come with tests administered by the IBO)
"Swiss law governs the Rules and all other documentation related to the authorization for teaching an IB program...Parents with little information would not realize that a foreign body maintains "a list of students" where there is no guarantee of security....the governing law is not that of the state, but of Swiss law." 16
According to Allen Quist is Professor of Political Science and author of five books, the most "IB tests are sent to Geneva for scoring. Concerns about privacy and security involve the fact that "personal, values-laden data on individual American students" is being collected and stored in a foreign database." (Edwatch, 11-10-2005 17
The IBO program contains all the elements of the Outcome Based Education law (Act 236) that was passed in 1991 in Arkansas that was so controversial that most of the law was repealed. That law had four outcomes and three of the four dealt with values rather than curriculum. The law was repealed but they have implemented most of it piece by piece through other legislation and policies. This IBO program was where they where were headed all along. It has all the elements of the Outcome Based Education law - multiculturalism, diversity (homosexuality) all religions are equal, lessened emphasis on textbooks, social engineering, and brainwashing, and books with filthy language, with very little emphasis on educational facts and actual curriculum.
Arkansas implemented a state curriculum in the Omnibus Bill in 2003. All schools have to teach the curriculum the state demands. IBO is now included in that curriculum in the law passed in 2005 noted above. 18
Will the people stand up and save our children or will we surrender and watch as they them make one of two choices: go the world's way and lose their souls or take a stand and be persecuted. Either choice is horrific so how can we stand by and do nothing?
Jonesboro School District was at one time planning to make one of its magnet schools an International Baccalaureate Program. IBO is making "world citizens" of young children who have not yet learned what it is to be an American citizen and why America has been so blessed among nations. The IBP program equalizes all cultures, including those cultures that abase women, discriminate against certain religions and ethnic groups, teach young children to hate and become suicide bombers. Shouldn't our youngest children first be taught what it means to be a member of a democratic republic before trying to make "global citizens" out of them?