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Global Education Under Attack

International Baccalaureate in America

Tristan Bunnell

The three main programmes of the Geneva-registered International Baccalaureate (IB) have grown enormously since the 1990s and have seemingly found their ‘home’ in the United States. However, the IB has provoked opposition, initially from concerned parents, and lately by conservative agencies. This book charts the growth of the IB in America and offers a set of frameworks for conceptualizing the history and nature of this attack. It explores the distinctly paleo-conservative philosophy behind this attack, and reveals the influence of the American historian Russell Kirk, alongside Edmund Burke. The book examines the notion that the IB is un-American, and concludes that for some people in America global education is fundamentally unnatural and must be resisted.

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Part A: Introduction to the attack .......................................................................... 7 Part B: The background to the attack .................................................................. 19 The mainstreaming of ‘global education’ ................................................... 19 Background perspectives on the attack ....................................................... 27 The current context of the attack ................................................................. 37 Part C: The historical context of the attack ......................................................... 43 The history of the IB explored .................................................................... 43 Perspectives on the IB in America .............................................................. 55 The timeline of the attack ............................................................................ 67 Part D: The complex nature of the attack ............................................................ 71 The philosophy of the attack ....................................................................... 71 The framework of the attack ...................................................................... 83 Part E: Conclusions about the attack ................................................................... 99 Part F: The broader implications of the attack .................................................. 121 Part G: Research and inquiry required about the attack .................................... 129 Bibliography ...................................................................................................... 133

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