Pete Rock emailed me:
I'm doing an IBO workshop this weekend and while I'm sitting here going through materials for my own class, I figured I'd search the site for English Higher Level standards. They list these as "Aims & Objectives"
I read the first one:
AIMS: The aims of the Language A1 programme at both Higher and Standard Levels are to:
- encourage a personal appreciation of literature and develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
Yeah... it is conventional wisdom in public school reform circles here that IB is good and rigorous, but also that standards like "encourage a personal appreciation of literature" are bad.
And that being able to find logical contradictions in arguments is important. ;-)