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International Baccalaureate (IB) is a scholastic program that differs from Advanced Placement mostly in the following:
- You have to jump through a lot of hoops to do it.
- A lot of people have never heard of it.
- It is accepted throughout the world, except where people have never heard of it.
- After graduation, IB students are legally obligated to feel superior to everyone else at their college.
The program is very academically rigorous, but it usually doesn't stop overachievers from trying to find time to be involved in several activities, have a part-time job, feed children in Africa, spend weekends as a mime, and take Ivy League college courses just for the heck of it.
A movie was made about IB. It was called Sit and Deliver.
The IB program was founded by George Washington in the year 1789 in order to educate students on the value of hard work and writing long essays. The program floundered for several years until Benjamin Franklin decided that it was a good idea and spread it to France. The French loved the program and added several new courses, including IB French, IB Cooking, and IB Snobbery. Soon, the rest of Europe decided that they wanted in on the action and began to integrate IB programs into their educational systems as well.
However, a problem arose when in 1816 everyone realized that the various programs had differentiated so much it was no longer really International Baccalaureate, but rather several academic programs holding the same name. Eventually, the program went into a 100-year hiatus, until it was brought back in the 1960s as a way to fight Communism by making students too focused on their homework to read books by Karl Marx.
edit The Program
The IB program consists of several rigorous guidelines in order to ensure proper education. Firstly, students must choose a "track", a group of classes that they will take which will contain the same courses as every other track. According to IB leaders, the students confronted with a difficult choice, will be more ready for life inside a society, where such situations are extremely recurrent. Those who fail to make the final decision are called "ass"es or Buridan's Asses for the rest of their lives, which is a good evidence of how well-educated IB students really are.
Students will then go through two years of education, during which very little information and practical skills received in class and an extraordinary amount of homework assignments will maintain a perfect equilibrium. A typical night of homework for an IB student involves writing a two-page essay, re-reading War and Peace, doing thirty minutes work of math involving non-real numbers, and watching an hour-long documentary. Because IB classes are so difficult, the grades out of 10 or 20 that the students receive (which depends on the country where the course is taken) automatically become grades out of 7, while the numerator of the fraction remains unchanged.
In addition, IB students must do four hundred hours of CASH, which is the only free thing about the system. IB students must also write an Extended Essay, a three-foot long essay written with a feather quill on a piece of parchment. Finally, they must pass a test in each subject. Each test costs $500 to take, and if a student should fail the test, all of their hard work will be forfeit and they will be hanged at dawn.
There are people in the world who believe that high schoolers are not meant for the rigorous hard work required for the IB program. Or rather, there were. In 2004, Muammar Gaddafi, who was at the time the leader of the program, had them all killed. Now, all good citizens believe that high school students are meant to function without sleep.
The controversy is mostly over, as studies have shown that IB students are 100% more likely to earn college degrees, become professors, write well-known books, survive lightning strikes, and shoot lasers from their eyeballs than their peers.