IB program supporters launch petition

1

January 17, 2016 by realrenewal

Parents and students have started circulating a petition to protest the closure of Regina Public’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The program cancellation was announced at a school board meeting. No vote was taken because under the board’s policy governance model, trustees do not vote on matters relating to curriculum. The IB program, which had been offered at Campbell and Thom collegiates, and was scheduled to be offered at Balfour, will be replaced by a less expensive Advanced Placement (AP) Program option, which the board says it will provide at all high schools. The Advanced Placement Program also offers enhanced learning and some transferable university credits, although supporters of the IB program argue it does not match the quality and recognition of the IB program.

The board report states that AP “does not require costly teacher accreditation and training,” and that individual schools can “tailor program offerings” to meet staff capacity and student interests.

Below are links for further information about the programs under discussion.

Advanced Placement Program

http://apcanada.collegeboard.org/

International Baccalaureate Program

http://www.ibo.org/

School Board report and rationale (pp. 2-7 of agenda)

http://www.rbe.sk.ca/sites/default/files/agendas/2016-01-12_agenda.pdf

Petition

https://www.change.org/p/save-the-ib-program-at-campbell-collegiate

 

 

Advertisements

One thought on “IB program supporters launch petition

  1. Therese Kenny says:

    For students and families who want a rigorous and rich high school education, there is no substitute for the IB program. It is a shame that this internationally recognized program, which is available in every major city in Canada, is no longer offered in Regina’s public schools.

    This is a setback for the future of our students and our community as well. The IB program allowed any student who wanted to study richer and deeper into their subjects, to be absorbed and challenged in the university-like curriculum. The IB program helps growing minds to grow bigger. The IB program turns out grade-12 grads who are better able to enter the most challenging university studies. It was a win for students and a win for our society.

    Sadly now, cities other than Regina wil be producing these special graduates.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: