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IBMYP: 5 Myths vs.Facts

From almost 50 years, the well-respected International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) is developing educational programmes from kindergarten to senior school graduation. The globally recognized school system mainly has three educational programme with The Middle Years Programme (MYP) being one of them. Now, most of us certainly hear different stories and facts about the IB board that may or may not stand true.

To start with, the comprehensive nature of subjects focusing on the all-round growth, makes IB programme much more practical and skill based. The primary focus is on ‘how to learn’ and not ‘what to learn’ that is aimed at testing the knowledge and not the speed or memory. Now, with this cleared, we will move ahead to bust the common myths that surrounds the parents and kids making up their mind to prepare for IB MYP.

Myth1: IB is just confined to university prep programme

Most of them are only familiar with IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) that is beneficial for students going to university. But, students attending all post‐secondary institutions can prepare with lifelong skills from IB programme of Primary Years Programme (3 to 11 aged students), and Middle Years Programme (12 to 16 aged students). IB programmes are diverse and improve creativity, collaboration, teamwork and critical thinking at all levels. MYP develops their potential with a strong sense of personal identity to explore and take risk with their learning experiences.

Myth2: It is only for the best and brightest

Some claim IB programmes as elitist and only for the best ones. International Baccalaureate does not hold the idea for its programmesonly for a select group of students. It is open to all with an inclusive approach at schools that have been authorised for the programme. With enough time and support to learn and understand, students can take IB MYP.

Myth3: It is challenging and difficult

While there is no denying to this myth, but, there is life beyond classroom and the programme allows the students to make practical connections with real work and the study. With MYP, students of all interests and abilities can achieve great from the participation. Even though the programme has selective academic models, MYP is a whole-school endeavour. Overall, the expectation is no higher than any other education board, just different. It encourages the students to develop competencies moving away from just content.

Myth4: IB MYP is not as recognised in India and worldwide

The learning system speaks about the standards this programme has to offer. It holds a strong university entry credential as a superior academic programme. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) rates IB on par with any other boards including ICSE, CBSE or NIOS and state boards.

The eight subject groups in MYP promote integrated teaching and learning to understand the complex issues and develop habits to participate in the interconnected world.

Myth5: IB programme undermines national sovereignty and Christian religious values

It is only restricted to developing knowledgeable, inquiring and caring young people for a better and peaceful world. IB programme does not stand for a particular religion or political and economic system. Many private schools with religious affiliations and denominational universities offer the programme and college credit for the IB coursework.

Additionally, IB is not just restricted to student but, there is quality professional development for the teachers as well. A collaborative approach as this, involves the teachers and staffs with students to foster a community of learning and experience.

Myths are the ideas that are widely held at time but, can be false or a misinterpretation. IB MYP is only about the best practice of teaching and learning for an ever-changing future of the students, both locally and globally.

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