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Thursday, June 29, 2006

International Baccalaureate Plank in the GOP Platform

I posted earlier about the Republican Party of Minnesota Platform Plank on the International Baccalaureate Program.

Regular commenter J Ewing:

Surely you are not suggesting that IB actively promotes the homosexual lifestyle, are you? Because that would be an excellent reason to oppose it, even in the very sloppily-worded and near-heretical version that inkled its way into the platform. I voted against it, by the way.
J. Ewing 06.28.06 - 3:09 pm | #

Here's the official IB website.

Edwatch is an anti-gay organization, but that isn't the only issue they focus on. They also promote creationism, and they oppose any discussion of responsible environmental stewardship in the public schools. Here's from their latest criticism of IB:

International Baccalaureate (IB) expansion defeated
The $7.3 million expansion of the un-American IB curriculum was defeated. Instead, a one-time appropriation for expanding and increasing student participation in Advanced Placement alone passed. This is good for Minnesota students and good for Minnesota. Parents and constituents weighed in to oppose expanding IB to their legislators. This year, the Minnesota GOP platform for the first time includes opposition to federal and state funding and district implementation of International Baccalaureate. Schools that teach IB are agreeing to promote the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Earth Charter.

The UDHR promotes the United Nations, its actions, and its treaties (Article 26, paragraph 2), even when these actions and treaties have not been approved by, or ratified by, the United States, such as the Biodiversity Treaty, the Treaty on the Rights of the Child, Agenda 21, the Kyoto Treaty and the Treaty establishing the United Nations International Criminal Court. IB teaches students that they are "world" citizens with higher allegiance to world governance. The Earth Charter promotes world governance, radical social policies, and an earth worship environmentalism.

1994 and 1998 Failed Governor Candidate Alan Quist has another article on Edwatch's site ranting about IB.