Critics Take Aim at International Baccalaureate

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There is a growing fight over the global education program known as the International Baccalaureate. Some critics of the program say its multicultural themes promote conflict with traditional American values, while others say the money would be better spent elsewhere. Supporters of the program say it provides a "superior curriculum."

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And in some parts of the country battles are being fought over the popular global international program, known as the International Baccalaureate, or IB. The program started back in 1968 in Switzerland, intended to provide teenaged children of diplomats with an education that would accepted by colleges around the world. Some critics here in the U.S. charge that the programs multi-cultural themes promote conflict with traditional American values. Others say that the money could be best spent on other kinds of schooling.

Jeffrey Beard, who's head of the International Baccalaureate Organization, counters that the program provides, quote, "a superior curriculum and superior program."

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