The PYP Program has come under considerable scrutiny. Critics worry about the program's mission which includes an acceptance by all member schools of IB values. Some have specifically claimed that IB attempts to indoctrinate students at an early age, preparing them for further indoctrination in the MYP and then the DP program. There are numerous commentaries on this subject which we will add as we continue to update this site. Meanwhile the above references may enlighten those not familiar with this issue.
Note that the IB evaluators indicated that the strengths of the Elementary School were limited to the IB Program and yet these "evaluators" admitted not to have observed any non-IB classroom in the school. Indeed the rest of the document is filled with similarly baseless judgments, soppy fluff and very little substance. Additionally, the document is replete with careless errors. This must be an example of the "critical thinking" espoused by IBO Central.
Editor's Note: The author of the research paper in the Commentary link finds no statistical difference in SOL scores between MYP students and non-MYP students and yet she concludes otherwise. Interestingly she treats non-MYP as a monolith assuming no difference in instruction from one non-MYP classroom to another. Most importantly, she determines that participating in MYP will not COMPROMISE a student's standard level test scores. She ignores her own data and attempts to find excuses for the MYP by stating that "may be an indication that the program may not have been in place a sufficient amount of time to achieve the desired results". Isn't the alleged excuse for buying the IB program in the first place to "improve and turn around low-performing schools"? ~Elizabeth Brock, IBNA representative, U.S. News & World Report, Morse Code blog Why would any district pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an educational program that at best, does not produce better results, and at worst, teeters on the edge of making things worse?
What Happened to Our Old Report Cards?
When it comes to IB, stealth changes to traditional school operations are implemented without discussion or evaluation. They just "happen". So when TAIB received copies of a complaint from a Missouri parent about their child's report card, TAIB decided to see if we could locate the "source" of this directive. We think we found it:
It is important to remember that neither the PYP nor MYP are academic programs. Yet the IB is arrogant and presumptious enough to impose its "new" assessment system on schools foolish enough to purchase these programs. Please review the examples below to see what may be coming to your IB elementary or MS soon!