May 11, 2012 - TAIB is frequently entertained by e-mails from anonymous IB students who seek to attack this entire website by calling it a "logical fallacy". These IB students were allegedly instructed on the meaning of a logical fallacy in their Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course and somehow "think" throwing out a vocab phrase they heard in class is somehow applicable to their argument. IB's use of calling an opposing argument on IB a "logical fallacy", is akin to crying "Godwin's Law" if anyone cites Hitler's methods in a discussion. It is a Liberal pseudo-intelligencia defense where no real defense exists.
The following is a fairly clear definition of Logical Fallacies:
TAIB believes that everything we have presented on this website falls under the category of a Deductive Valid Argument. IB's claims of superiority do not pass the Deductive Valid argument. Example:
All IB schools claim to be superior to non-IB schools (true)
Ozark High School is an IB World School (true)
Ozark High School is superior to all non-IB schools (false)
Compare that with the following:
All IB schools spend an additional $200,000 (approx) per year for IB (true)
Locust Valley HS is an IB World School (true)
Locust Valley spends an additional $200,000 per year for IB (true)
Here are just two of the recent IB student e-mails TAIB received:
Comments: The bias nature and arguments fraught with logical fallacies (taking one example and assuming it represents a whole) in this website is disgraceful. This is reflects poorly on the type of education you earned in highschool, which is a little bit ironic isn't it? Perhaps you should have taken IB to become a little more open minded. The fact is that you add so many examples in your website which sway the reader into believing your stance when in reality IB is so large one poor example is meaningless, like this website.
Comments:Wow. Why be so destructive and hateful towards a system of schooling? By the way, there is nothing wrong with the Socratic method, which does indeed produce smarter, more inquisitive students. And it's not like AP (or any other American system...) uses any better teaching methods than IB. Do some TOK, and you'll see all the logical fallacies and gaps your argument.