|From a PYP Exhibition|
The following curriculum concern was posted on a Facebook page for other readers/bloggers to post to their email, Facebook or blog sites:
I send congrats to my 2nd graders' class for winning the competition of learning all the 10 Spanish states- It saddens me they are not singing about the United States- they are still counting fingers and toes to do simple math- yet they have lots of time to spend memorizing Spanish states-this is for the Spanish class- I will also lose two hours of my life to hear the various topics of the PYP Exhibition on Wednesday- I looked at my daughters script for her Poverty topic- Basically it was helping a poor family by giving them a bag of supplies and sending an organization to help them-(they don't tell the kids who has to pay for that bag of supplies)-I told her this was basically putting a bandaid on the problem and training this family how to break the cycle- work- finish school- It will make for an interesting evening if all the other projects have the same theme as hers-
What's a PYP Exhibition? PYP Exhibitions are part of the International Baccalaureate program which emphasizes global history and governance vs American governance and history in its teachings.
Primary Years Programme Curriculum framework
Students aged 10 to 12 who are in their final year of the programme are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, know as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.
The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the student profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
Schools are given considerable flexibility in their choice of the real-life issues or problems to be explored and investigated in the exhibition.
Do real-life issues make kids STEM ready? Is this 2nd grade curriculum (heavy on global education and short on academics) helping students in basic math facts? Educating students to acquire technical/STEM degrees was a major Arne Duncan educational goal. Is this IB's goal? Taken from the Exhibition Guidelines pdf, IB's stated goal (page 4/25):
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers three high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools, aiming to create a better, more peaceful world.
Second graders studying about poverty and learning the answer is to send an organization to help poor people might tweak student guilt and compassion, but it won't equip them to become scientists, engineers, computer gurus or mathematicians. Teaching them how to teach others not to fall in that poverty trap might be a good start in breaking the poverty cycle. Does IB teach lessons that empower students to learn to take of themselves and not rely on institutions for basic needs?
Traditionally, parents are to instill compassion into children, not a governmental institution. Schools were to educate children in academics so they could become competent self-supporting adults and compassion sprang from morals instilled by parents. Schools were not in the business of teaching children compassion to become community organizers and fulfill a global, bureaucratic and/or corporatist idea of economic/social justice.