Opinion

I would like to commend the Glen Cove Record Pilot for keeping Glen Cove residents updated on the infiltration of the International Baccalaureate (IB) into the Glen Cove schools. The Record Pilot reported that on March 26, the Board of Ed accepted $10,000 from the Glen Cove Educational Foundation, Inc. to kick off implementation of IB. The board also held a vote, which apparently resulted in a clerical error which may require a revote on the resolution. Meanwhile, the Glen Cove schools' website had a link on its homepage to Jay Mathews' column in the Washington Post titled AP vs IB vs Neither: A Plea for Peace and Love (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/13/AR2007111300695.html). The focus of this article is a report issued by the Fordham Institute in which Mathews concludes that IB is "a bit better" than AP.

As of the writing of this letter, the link has been removed from the Glen Cove schools' webpage. Are you curious why? Mathews wrote a follow-up story in which a professor asks to have his name removed from the Fordham Institute report because the editors changed his opinion and evaluations of the math exams to favor IB when, in fact, he clearly thought AP was better. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/27/AR2007112700971.html)

GCSD was promoting a fatally flawed report to support IB. Get the whole truth about IB, not just the happy fluff your administrators want you to read. For ongoing national online discussion groups concerning the IB controversy, please visit Admissions 101 at the washpost.com.

Lisa E. McLoughlin


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