To the Editor:

The 4-year-old kindergarten to 12th-grade IB programs discussed at the Nov. 17, 2010 Green Lake School Board meeting were presented under the pretext of being different and completely changing the way teachers teach.

Sorry, but “Inquiry-based learning” has been around from before Socrates, and both “Interdisciplinary teaching” and “Problem-based learning” since at least 1972. These strategies have been refined over time and even the names may have been altered.

Any teacher that has been involved in undergraduate/graduate studies in the late 1980s and more recently should have been exposed to all of these teaching strategies, hence had the opportunity to use them in the classroom, as did my college students.

If not, they have failed to implement what they learned.

The major point here being the amount of money spent on teacher retraining for IB programs is an unnecessary expense as is the entire concept/cost of all the IB programs.

In a small school district that continues to ask for more money, caution should be taken as to how each dollar is spent.

— Janet Busboom

Green Lake

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