Wow, there is a lot of unjustified paranoia going on in Utah regarding the IB
program! I think the state legislature should spend more time looking at how to
better our schools for all of our students instead of wasting time and energy
spreading lies and assumptions about one of the few academically challenging
programs available to our children. For those of you who believe the falsehoods
created by Dayton and Eager, why don't you sit in on some of those IB classes?
I'm grateful my daughter has the opportunity to be in the IB program and earn
college credits. She's being challenged academically, and the program will save
us money on her future college education!!! What a wonderful, wonderful program
to make available to our children. I think Eager and Dayton are creating
controversy to make themselves seem important and knowledgeable. I wish they'd
focus on real problems, instead. How about improving funding for math and
science programs, decreasing class sizes, providing more tutoring opportunities
for at-risk students and English-language education programs for children and
their parents who may need such assistance so that they can better learn basic
skills and contribute to our community?
If the IB program is designed to challenge my children accidemically I am for
it. If the IB program is designed to challenge my children spiritually I am for
it. If the IB program is designed to challenge my children I am for it. The
current school system here in Utah does nothing for my children right now but
frustrate them. If the IB program is availble to my children when they are of
age I hope to enroll them in it. And for what its worth, as a strong member of
the LDS faith I have given much thought to sending my children to a catholic
school so then can see something other than the "Great White Mormon Man."
Senator Dayton and Mrs. Eager have raised some good questions regarding IB, and
there's nothing wrong with a constructive discussion to find answers.Mr. Florez, you've said nice things about the IB program, but unlike Senator
Dayton and Mrs. Eager, you've given me no evidence from the curriculum to back
up your position.
Maybe if we elected School Board Members who were savvy to this type of
thinking, and to the destructive thinking that has been prevalent for the past
umpteen years then maybe we can get out of this mess. Alas, all we get is the
same thing, and that is members who rubber stamp the administrations because the
administration is in the knowledge.
"The state constitution calls for the general control and supervision of public
education to be vested in a State Board of Education; yet, lawmakers micromanage
rather than provide a vision for our education system"Math education
in the state needs what ever help it can get. It has declined immensely over
the past 25 years. The state board of educatioin didn't do a thing, so members
of the legislature stepped in to try to fix things. For this we all ought to be
grateful.You have kids not learning how to deal with fractions in
grade school or knowing their times tables, not because they couldn't learn, but
because these subjects were not taught. In secondary math, it has been severely
dumbed down.Please don't complain about the legislature steping in.
The school board sat back and let things deteriorate.
America's days as a global dictator are coming to an end and we must learn to
live and share with the rest of the world and give up our greedy ways. We build
this nation on the backs of slaves and stealing land and resources from other
nations now we have to recognize the rights of others and give back some of what
Good grief, do Teacher and UNESCO really think the UN is on the doorstep of our
schools? This is not about learning foreign languages; it's about learning to
discern, to think critically and to question - yes - authority. I fear most of
all that our state wants to create little clones who simply mimic what their
leaders want them to say - NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Have faith; we know what is right
for you - you do not. That's the message I'm hearing and the one that makes my
Mr. Florez,IB issues include governance, cost and ideology. The
Legislature is funding this program, administered internationally under
international law. We are moving to more state control. State legislators are
doing the right thing to ask for accountability. No one rejects the
idea of rigorous academics. The objection is that IB, as well as other
nationally-driven curricula and assessment, test values, attitudes and behavior
as well as academics. Its politically correct, post-modern deconstructionism
trickled down from leftist colleges and universities. Globalization
is not what you present. IB is partnered with UNESCO. (President Reagan
withdrew us from that organization because it is so anti-American.) IB supports
U.N. ideals, including The Earth Charter (upon whose ideals IB has been built).
No one wants to prohibit the next generation from being able to work or
communicate with the world outside the U.S. What the legislature
doesnt want another generation to be taught that its OK to continue the federal
governments compliance with international socialist policies from the U.N.
requiring worldwide redistribution of our hard-earned wages, population control
through abortion, and environmentalism and egalitarianism destroying our economy
and the natural family over the past generation. Cherilyn Bacon
EagarWorld Class Education Research
The only thing that is vital is that the UN get into our school systems and
spread the propaganda that our capitalistic system is the cause of world poverty
and economic woes of others and thus we must be further punished by taxation and
redistribution of more of our wealth.That is all the UN is about!!
Shame on you sir, you ought to know this!Shame on any Republican that
supports the UN on our soil in any way shape or form, let alone letting them
have at our kids!
This article is nonsense. It uses the same old buzzwords that mean what? The way
to 'compete in the global economy' is to know your subject area. We need the UN
to tell us to teach languages? And for those of you who still think it's
learning about other cultures I have news. It's not so much learning about
others, but being made to feel America's culture needs to take a back seat.