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Nov

IB Diploma Schools in Florida: Mean Scores

My daughter attended a middle school in Switzerland that provided dual tracts to the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) or the French Baccalaureate Diploma; alternatives to a typical high school diploma. When we decided to move back to the United States, I contacted the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland to find out about IB Diploma schools since we preferred to continue with the program. Read more »

8
Nov

The IB Diploma School: Asking the Right Questions

The International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Diploma program has been exploding in the United States.  Since 2003 the number of IB Diploma schools has more than doubled from 355 to 743; a 109% increase in 8 years. The weak economy has not slowed down the growth as the US had 534 IB Diploma schools in 2008 and grew to 743 in 2011 – a nearly 40% increase. The program is popular, no doubt and more prevalent in the south and southwestern states where public education was greatly in need of improvement. Read more »
6
Nov

Blue Nights

Several years ago, after my 14-year old golden retriever died, a friend gave me a book called “The Magical Year of Thinking” written by Joan Didion.  The book is about the sudden death of Didion’s husband and the grief she experienced:  reliving the last few days, imagining different outcomes, and sometimes pretending the loss isn’t real, that it was all a bad dream. As time goes by, the reader realizes that time doesn’t heal all wounds; time just makes the wound more bearable. And, although the loss of a beloved pet cannot be compared to the loss of a partner, “The Magical Year of Thinking” doesn’t distinguish between types of grief. Grief is grief no matter how you experience it. Read more »

4
Nov

Random Acts of Rudeness and Kindness

Connecticut was slammed this week with a record-breaking early snowfall that resulted in trees bringing down power lines across the state, especially in the central and northern parts of the state. The story began last Saturday at noon when snow started to fall  – big beautiful fluffy white flakes.  Eight inches were predicted – but by 3:00 am on Sunday morning, more than 17 inches had fallen at Bradley – the nearby airport serving the Hartford/Springfield area. Read more »
2
Nov

Understanding the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate program is overseen by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) – an educational foundation – based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 1968 by a group of teachers at the International School of Geneva, the program has grown to become a worldwide alternative to the high school diploma. Nearly 3,300 schools in 141 countries now offer the IB diploma. Read more »