Why schools choose the IB
“I don’t think that [the] IB is going to go away any time soon when it is trying to address the fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of education.”
In an article featured in The Telegraph, John Claugthon, retiring Chief Master of King Edward’s School, sheds light on some of the reasons why schools all around the world choose to offer the IB Diploma Programme. He points to the breadth of the programme as one of the key motivations: “IB schools believe that the old dispensation to the narrow world of specialisation won’t do any more.”
Many universities world-wide follow this line of thought, and an increasing number of them are revising their admissions criteria to attract more IB graduates. Among other examples, Claugthon mentions King’s College, London, and points to the fact that 20 percent of the university’s new undergraduates are IB students.
Having attended the recent IB AEM Regional Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October, Claughton reflects: “Schools that teach the IB Diploma Programme in the UK and around the world […] do it because they believe that it is a rigorous, demanding, intellectual education to prepare their students for a rich life and a complex world.”