Here is his speech on the House Floor:
This message is on Mark's campaign web page:
By Rep. Mark Olson
International Baccalaureate (IB) program is an internationally established education program for schools worldwide. It has already been implemented in several states, including Minnesota. This years Omnibus Education Finance bill expands this program.
Like the Profile of Learning from the 1990s, this program has come with its share of controversies.
Based upon citizens input that:
IB curriculum undermines American principles of self-government; copies of the actual IB curriculum were formally requested from bill authors. These copies were never provided.
Question for Mark:
The K-12 Finance Committee testimony involved some very passionate students, parents and educators, but there was not the necessary detail and facts to assure this will consistently be a program that preserves America. We learned that IB emphasizes writing. Others stated that it makes one think critically, and really understand the world around them. But shouldn't these points be true for all programs?
Other parents and organizations expressed concerns about this program. In the most significant case IB has been identified as promoting anti-American values and philosophies because of its curriculum (which was not provided). Tragically, researching IBO documents has shown these most serious concerns for preserving America to be true.
Question for Mark:
The Mission Statement of International Baccalaureate is as follows:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.