International Baccalaureate: The Answer to an All-Round Development?

Undoubtedly a lot of attention is given to overall personality development in today’s day and time. It is not all about academics anymore. The academically brighter lot is not forced into the science stream against their wishes and the stream of humanities is not filled with academically weaker students anymore. This is because the people are seemingly turning over a new leaf- academic results are not the not the only criteria to assess a person’s aptitude anymore. People have gradually realized that education has many layers and academics forms just one of the many.

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Another main issue is restricting the students to specific streams as they reach the most crucial years of their formative years – grades 11 and 12. Perhaps limiting their choice in the final years restricts growth and development as individuals. The lives of grades 11 and 12 CBSE students are nestled in school, coaching and self-studying. The students cannot take out time for anything but the same mundane routine that they have.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is perhaps the best way to turn that around. This board unlike the others allows you to take six subjects from six different groups – the first languages, the second languages, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, the arts. The student has the flexibility to choose the subjects they really enjoy at the level they want – the higher level or the standard level. Along with academics there is a component called the CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) which covers the creative talents like playing an instrument or painting, etc. whereas action covers your sports talents like swimming, basketball, cricket, etc. and finally service covers the service done to community. The next component is called TOK (Theory Of Knowledge) which makes you question everything you know at every step and tickles your mind with curiosity. And finally the last component is that of a four thousand word research document that a student has to undertake which could be done in any of the six subjects that they take.
The wonderful way in which this system is designed pushes the student to develop and grow as an individual and to play by his or her strength. It produces risk-taking, perceptive and thinking individuals who refuse to take anything that is thrown at them until they do not question and analyze everything that they are presented with. It promotes all-round development and forces the leader out in every student. The student does not have to spend hours just cramming off textbooks because that would not help. Instead they would have to understand and fully engage with the concept not just inside a class but outside as well which makes them understand it better.
As it is a foreign board of education, it is not a very popular choice over the central or the state boards of education, however it really is a brilliant programme designed that is run by the student him/herself.

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