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International Baccalaureate

'CCDHS Classroom, Miles City' photo (c) 2005, David Schott - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/In the words of Billy Joel, “There’s a storm front comin’ “

Our school district has been introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program through the elementary schools with the intention of seeking full certification for the middle school and high school as the children currently in the elementary schools progress through the grades.

IB was introduced three years ago and the majority of the costs associated with it were absorbed by a grant. I heard some conversations about it, but it was discussed as if it was a done deal. I’ve seen some of the changes implemented with both kids, but Mim will be the one primarily impacted. I think.

There in lies the rub. I don’t know what I don’t know. I know that emotions are running high. I have heard bits and pieces of information some of which, if true, are down right scary. Now it is time to buckle down and do my research.

My greatest fear is that our community will suffer. We have a tight community. There is a group of people who work together to provide information and activities that enrich us all. I would hate it if the IB debate in some way harmed the camaraderie that brings us all together. It is my sincere hope that information can be shared and views exchanged in a civilized manner. I can hope.

Have you heard if IB? Has your district implemented it? Do you have a resource I should see about IB? Please, share.