|The IB (International Baccalaureate) Programme, is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. Although the MYP (Middle Year Programme) for students 11-16 is also becoming popular. There is also a Primary Years programme for children 3-10. Its origins lie in the provision of a qualification that could be internationally recognised (and hence was not based on some particular country's education system) and which set children up to live within a globalising world.
In my experience I have found that IB students do display more creativity, are more rounded in their development and more able and more expected to develop independent learning skills and critical thinking skills. For instance, if a pupil studies GCSE, they are given a set vocabulary list and topics to learn, even fixed sentences. The answers expected from them are not far different from the ones they have been taught in lessons. However, if a pupil studies IB Mandarin Ab initio, they are tested in so many different ways. Certainly reciting does not result in a good score. What IB is good at doing is training a pupil so that he/she becomes an independent learner, knows how to apply the knowledge they have learnt, understands not only what, but also why; in the Chinese way, they can '举一反三'. Otherwise, how could a pupil learn more than 1500 words in two years?
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