If you are looking for a good school for your child in Lebanon then the word IB must have popped up in discussions or your computer screen at some point. If you have indulged in any discussion about IB schools, then it is very likely that you have been fed a few myths and your views about the board are still quite foggy. So, we have taken it upon ourselves to debunk the common myths about International Baccalaureate (IB), so you can make an informed decision about your child’s career.
Before debunking the myth let us just know a little bit about this phenomenon, which seems like quite a trend in the education sphere – International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). The program was founded by the International Baccalaureate Organization back in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland which now stands as an internationally recognized school system consisting of three educational programs.
Now let us jump on to debunking the myths which veil IB schools.
Myth #1: The IB Program is meant only for “bright students”
Let us first address the fact that there is no true definition of a bright student. The International Baccalaureate program is one of the most inclusive programs one may find for their child, which caters equally to students of all academic ability. Their curriculum is in fact much more organized and gives students the opportunity to choose amidst a wide variety of subjects in 6 different groups. The course is also very application based and practical which offers all-round development of children through the broad spectrum of subjects they educate their pupils in. The examination of the IBDP does not commence until children reach the middle year program. And, exams, whenever they are administered, are meant to test the student’s knowledge instead of memory and speed.
Myth #2: International schools are only for those who aspire to go abroad
The IBDP curriculum focuses on teaching children to be practical thinkers and logical problem solvers through inculcating skills like time management, 360-degree thinking, independent thinking and importance of living to commitment, etc. which are essential life skills. These not only help them crack tests to get into respectable international institutes but also to achieve success in every sphere of life whether they choose to go abroad or not.
Myth #3: International schooling does not teach children anything about their own culture
There are a number of schools in Lebanon which focus on not only creating individuals who are global thinkers but also aware of their own roots. They achieve this by marrying the international curriculum with the national curriculum so the children can learn about the best of both worlds. Some schools even happen to teach in the local language. So, do not fear that the schools will encourage your children to lose their connection with their motherland.