IB: Choice key to education

Print Article

I’m new to the IB discussion. I attended the  informational meeting at the library on Monday.  I assumed there would be information for both sides, but it was about why we shouldn’t have the program and its' "socialist” connotations.

Well educated, and well traveled globally, I came to Idaho 10 years ago for family values, and a community embracing educational choices, which included private schools which were expensive, “magnet” schools were on the radar, and the homeschooling network was becoming a national icon.  Our son did well at Hayden Meadows, but for middle school, he needed more challenge.

We are grateful for the choice of the Charter Academy, where our son has thrived both academically and in his world perspective. Charter may not be for everyone, but the point is, we have choice.

And choice is how I am looking at the IB situation. Our educational system is dying.  District 271 is trying new ways. I respect the effort. There are over 1,100 IB schools in this country, and the Charter, Magnet and IB models are growing leaps and bounds.

At the meeting, someone suggested the IB program promotes a socialist attitude. Isn't going back to the old "one size fits all" style of education a form of socialism? Just a thought.

Our country is about freedom of choice – religion, diet, speech, clothes we wear, where we live – why can’t it also be about choice of educational styles for our kids?

MELANIE HAWK

Hayden

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

CHOPPER: Serenity’s enemy

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The quality of life has greatly diminished here in our beautiful area, thanks to the touring helicopter causing noise pollution constantly flying overhead the past two days. Is this the new normal wh...

Comments

Read More

VOTE: Lamenting low turnout

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press What were you doing Tuesday, May 16? Only 4,323 out of 76,096 people took the time to vote? “It was disappointing but not surprising,” said Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon. What a shame that peop...

Comments

Read More

LIFE: Builders and wreckers

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press My mentor impressed on my then young mind that in the world there are only two kinds of people. BUILDERS and the ever-present destroyers, called the Wreckers! The object of the latter is to destroy e...

Comments

Read More

VALUES: Not politically defined

May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Attention staff writer Steve Cameron: Political party is not solely or even primarily determined by moral issues surrounding sex. Conservative principles are based on the genius of the Constitution a...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X