International Baccalaureate in America
Part F: The broader implications of the attack
The implications for the IB It is now time to consider the broader implications. One issue that springs im- mediately to mind is that the continued growth of the IB will not occur without a dichotomy of opposition. That is, internal opposition (by educators concerned by growth) and external opposition (by conservative agencies disturbed by growth). The attack on the IB in America has revealed a political and sociologi- cal ‘limit’ to growth i.e. at some point in time greater growth in a country will lead to greater scrutiny and investigation. As asserted by McKenzie (2011 p.167): Influence is related in many ways to access…but it needs also to consider realistic limits and bounds. The notion that growth of the IB (in the US and elsewhere) has ‘limits’ has been voiced by some concerned educators, including this writer (see Bunnell, 2011b). However, the topic has not fully been discussed. The growth of the IB in its original (largely hidden, and modest sized) ‘international school’ habitat dis- turbed few people. As noted by Tarc (2009a p.24): Within the field of multinational international schools of the 1960s, the term ‘inter- national understanding’ is not contentious. But, the growth of the programmes in public schooling has raised a greater level of awareness and investigation. Here it is contentious and so the IB has been placed under greater scrutiny and attracted a wider lens of inquiry. In one re- spect, this is healthy and positive; the mission of the IB arguably requires access...
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