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Education Reporter
NUMBER 243 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS APRIL 2006

UN copyrights IBO program units
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As schools adopt international education programs, concern is growing over the absence of local and state public review and approval of curriculum. In a move that aggravates the issue, the United Nations has acquired input, approval, and copyright for International Baccalaureate program units.

According to the IBO web site, the United Nations' Global Teaching and Learning Project Division will initially "produce two teaching booklets about U.N. global issues: one each for primary and secondary years" published in English in 2006. The booklets will eventually be translated into six UN languages and "disseminated to the governments of all member states for use in schools."

A total of 20 program units will be produced, covering subjects such as: A safe place (refugees), For all the world's children (children's rights), The busy marketplace (global trade), Water for life (sustainable development), Indigenous people, and Stereotypes and discrimination.

Given the criticisms lodged against required literature content used with the IB programs (See "Social Change and IB World Schools," Education Reporter, Dec. 2005), parents question the wisdom of allowing course materials into schools that bypass public review and approval.

Course materials used in U.S. public schools have traditionally been scrutinized by a state and or local public review process. But with pre-packaged programs, the curriculum, related materials, and instructional methods enter classrooms without citizen input or approval.


 
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