Critics Take Aim at International Baccalaureate
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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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