An Unofficial Inquiry Into the IB: One Insider’s View | Christine Lang | 9 Min Read

November 2, 2022

The International Baccalaureate celebrated its 50th anniversary four years ago in 2018. Even with such a substantial history, it would seem that misconceptions about the IB programs remain. Some educators view IB programs as mainly an international approach to education, but the chart below showing schools by country would indicate otherwise. Others view IB as a highly structured and disciplined program akin to programs leading to high-stakes A-Level exams in Great Britain. This article will shed some light on what the IB programs are today, and why independent schools might wish to consider it as a programmatic alternative. 

Before I begin sharing my personal and professional thoughts and experiences related to the IB, I wish to state clearly that I am an author of the original Primary Years Programme (PYP), having been in the lucky position to be hired as a young teacher from California to the Vienna International School where the PYP (then called the International Schools Curriculum Project) was initiated. My strong support and belief in the program have never wavered, and it is my opinion that the programs represent current best practices. Having said that, searching for a truly perfect curriculum program would…

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Christine (Orkisz) Lang

Dr. Christine Orkisz Lang is an Education Consultant and Founder of Core & More Education, as well as a PYP Programme Leader. Christine holds a BA in Liberal Studies, MEd in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics/Inquiry-Based Learning. Her research and work focus on learning in inquiry-based contexts, where she has developed expertise in designing structures to support improved learning. She is an author of the original international Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program (PYP), her most recent school-based role was as the Primary School Principal at the Vienna International School in Austria. [email protected]