How the IB can help students compete in a global world


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An article in GOOD Education explores how the IB fulfils its mission from the perspective of Dwight School in New York.

“Today’s children are growing up in an increasingly isolationist time of uncertainty,” says Stephen Spahn, chancellor of Dwight School, the first school in the Americas to offer a comprehensive IB curriculum from pre-school to 12th grade.

Spahn goes on to state “just how necessary it is to teach students to be open-minded critical thinkers who respect other people and their differences, which is exactly what [the IB] was created to do 50 years ago."

He views the IB curriculum as a preparation for his students to thrive anywhere in the world because it equips “students with the strong language, communications, and critical-thinking skills needed to bridge cultures and countries to solve whatever problems may arise on a global scale.”

Chancellor Spahn highlights the importance of the theory of knowledge (TOK) course which is part of the Diploma Programme (DP) core and aims to strengthen students’ critical thinking skills. According to him, “TOK may be the one course that will serve IB students best for the rest of their lives." 


Read the full article here.