In the global world, education is also learning to push the boundaries and be as inclusive and fluid as possible. Parents are becoming equally aware of how important it is to impart the right kind of education to their child which can prepare them for this dynamic world. With a growing leaning towards international mindedness, it has become all the more important to nurture our children with global skills and competencies. Keeping in mind this crucial need, parents are no longer restricting their educational decisions to rankings. The type of board their children will be studying under is also becoming an important decisive factor. In order to make their children gain international skills and enable them to compete internationally, there is an increasing bend towards IB or International Baccalaureate.
The decision is certainly not an easy one to make, especially when you have multiple boards like CBSE, CISCE, Cambridge at your disposal. However, there are certain nuances which cannot be found at all or as prominently as they can be found in the IB curriculum.
Here’s what to expect from the IB curriculum:
1. Wider approach towards education: The diversity that the IB Programme offers is something that is no close to any other board. Under IB curriculum, students are exposed to a wider range of subjects which stand in contrast to most of the traditional curriculums. Right at the school level, when most of the other board students make a choice between regular science or commerce subjects, IB curriculum offers it students the liberty to study subjects like psychology, philosophy, film and global politics, among other interesting subjects.
2. Recognition on a global level: This is considered to be one of the most beneficial aspects of IB board. The IB programmes are recognised by all the top international universities. Also, the curriculum is designed and taught in a way that it lends global exposure to students. It essentially forms to be another reason why they are well recognised and in demand internationally. On the other hand, the rest of the boards like CBSE, ICSE are country specific and are not as widely recognised as IB in terms of their global outreach.
3. Concept-based learning methodology: Contrary to the traditional methodology of teaching and learning, the IB board believes in concept-based learning. They believe students should be taught in a way that they are life-long learners and are able to apply their knowledge in real time.
4. All-round development: In order to prepare children for a competitive world as well as shape them into kind and empathetic people, it is important that their development is focused on more than regular textbooks and classroom teaching.
The schools with IB curriculum pay attention to developing their students keeping emotional intelligence in mind. Under the IB curriculum, students are encouraged to be creative, while being open and curious individuals. The choice between boards may be time-consuming and daunting, however, if you are clear with the developmental parameters for your child, the decision-making would not be that difficult. If you are looking at holistic development of your child and wish to nurture them into competent human beings, IB curriculum is a safe and reliable way forward.
(The author is director, Lancers International School)