By Brannon S. Howse
To bring about the completion, acceptance, and participation of future generations in a religious world government, education is paramount. One group playing a major role in this education process is the International Baccalaureate organization. While some IB (formerly known as IBO) proponents deny the connection between the IB and the United Nations, in 2001, Ian Hill, then Deputy Director General of the IB, explained in “Curriculum Development and Ethics in International Education,” an article in Education for Disarmament:
[quote] [T]he International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was developed appropriately and largely by the staff of the first of the international schools during the 1960s with the first official examinations in 1971. (Two other international programmes are now offered: since 1992 the Middle Years Programme for students from 11 to 16 years of age, and since 1997 the Primary Years Programme for children from 3 to 11/12 years of age.) UNESCO provided financial and moral support for the development of international curricula until the mid-1970s. [end quote]
According to the IB website:
[quote] Number of schools offering IB programs: On 22 May 2015, there were 5,308 programs being offered worldwide, across 4,162 schools of which 2,551 are schools in America using IB curriculum. Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programs offered worldwide grew by 46.35%. [end quote]
In the May 26, 2011, issue of U.S. News & World Report, Emmett McGroarty, executive director of Preserve Innocence, of his concerns about the IB:
[quote] Should we spend taxpayer dollars on a public school curriculum commissioned by the United Nations, made in Europe, and at odds with the principles of the American founding? Through the International Baccalaureate program, that’s already underway. Across the country, public schools (primarily high schools, but also middle and elementary schools) are paying into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. [end quote]
In this excellent article, McGroarty reveals the following facts about the IB:
- [quote] The students study a standardized IB curriculum, taught by IB-trained teachers, and take standardized tests graded either by IB examiners or by IB-monitored teachers.
- The application/candidacy fee for a school can total as much as $23,000. Add to that the costs of teacher training (hundreds of dollars per teacher per seminar, not counting expenses), annual school fees ($10,000 for a high school), student fees, test fees, and more—it adds up.
- What do parents and other taxpayers get for this outlay of funds? A curriculum crafted in Europe, with a decidedly non-American and non-Judeo-Christian outlook on the world. This slant isn’t surprising, given that IB was initially funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—which continues to fund certain IB activities—and that UNESCO currently describes IB as a “partner” in its international education initiatives. IB now operates as a non-governmental organization of the UN's Economic and Social Council.
And just what is taught to countless children in America and world-wide through this United Nation’s funded curriculum? An IB publication states that its curriculum teaches:
[quote] ...those human values which are recognized as universal; these are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, [as stated in Article 26] adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. [end quote]
According the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, these rights include the need to teach curriculum that promotes the United Nations. Article 26 of the U.N. Declaration reads:
[quote] Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. [end quote]
Perhaps you’re thinking that as long as your child is not in an IB school he or she is safe from the influence of the globalist worldview on your child’s curriculum, but think again. IB Director General George Walker declared on March 10, 2002, that “the IBO will continue to work with Governments to influence their national curriculum.”
In my first book, published in 1993, and the second, published in 1995, I warned of the federal and international takeover of America’s educational system. I spent years on radio and television and in books and articles warning about the educational agenda of President George H. W. Bush, called America 2000. I warned against the educational program of President Bill Clinton, Goals 2000. I warned about the educational program of President George W. Bush, called No Child Left Behind. I warned of the educational program of President Barack Obama, called Common Core. And with good reason. To confuse the public, federal education agendas change names from one administration to the next, but they’re all the same.
The International Baccalaureate website touts its role in encouraging such programs: “The IB is pleased to announce the release of a position paper in support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative in the United States.” Of course, IB supports Common Core. They are both educational programs tied to the benchmarks and international standards of the United Nations. So, children do not have to attend a specifically IB school to get the globalist indoctrination of the IB curriculum.
Ian Hill, Deputy Director of IB in 2001, detailed a list of “desirable universal values”:
• Awareness of human rights combined with a sense of social responsibilities;
• Value of social equity and democratic participation;
• Understanding and tolerance of cultural differences and pluralism;
• A caring, co-operative and enterprising spirit;
• Sensitivity to gender equality;
• Open-mindedness to change; and
• Obligation to environment protection and sustainable development.
These ideas all connect back to moral relativism, tolerance, postmodernism, radical environmentalism, social justice, pro-homosexual agenda, and rejection of biblical truth.
In a 2006 speech, the president of the IB Council of Foundation, Monique Seefried, declared:
[quote] As an organization, the International Baccalaureate is an independent organization and an organization of choice. No school has to take on our programs, and if they do, they choose to embrace our values and to abide by them. If they don’t, they don’t need to belong to our communities of schools…. [end quote]
Earlier, in 2003, she explained at a conference in Mexico:
[quote] At the core of an IB education, starting with our youngest students is the aim to develop caring young people with a commitment to action and service….This is the most idealistic part of the education our students receive….It is also essential in developing in them the drive to become an agent of social change in our ever evolving societies where there is still so much to do to reach an ideal of social justice. [end quote]
Social justice, postmodernism, tolerance, multiculturalism, and feminism are all taught in the IB curriculum.
Beverly Eakman is a former educator and retired federal employee who served as speechwriter for the heads of three government agencies as well as editor-in-chief of NASA’s newspaper at the Johnson Space Center. The author of five books, Eakman details the following worldviews taught in IB curriculum:
- Radical environmentalism, pantheism, Earth worship
- Socialized medicine
- World government
- Abortion on demand
- Income redistribution among nations and within nations
- Adoption of gay rights and the right of children to all sexual materials and literature
- Elimination of any right to bear arms
- Environmental extremist positions, including global warming
- Setting aside biosphere reserves where no human presence is allowed.
Reflecting IB’s goal of homogenizing education, Beverly Eakman claims that, “today’s IB is committed not to a melting pot concept, but to globalism and multiculturalism.” Here’s how she says this works out in the classroom:
[quote] Modern IB students are steeped in fringe science. Even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is blamed on global warming. Health classes focus on topics like overpopulation and AIDS, not the inner workings of the human body. So, solutions to trendy pseudo-problems naturally revolve around abortion, condoms and sexual awareness, which have no track record of success, even if one were to accept the ethics. Indeed, humans are viewed as no more than complex animals. [end quote]
The International Baccalaureate also extends its reach beyond schools whenever possible. IB has endorsed the Earth Charter and is working to incorporate it into the following curriculum areas: Theory of Knowledge, Environmental Systems, Environmental Science, Technology and Social Change, Peace and Conflict Studies, Experimental Science, Philosophy, Geography, History, Math, and the Arts.
[See "Educational Resources" at the Earth Charter Community Summits webpage: www.earthchartersummits.org (accessed February 18, 2004). The Earth Charter Community Summit’s website (www.earthchartersummits.org) and its Education Resources page is no longer accessible.]
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