Making PYP actually happen since the preliminary visit in June 2007,
Passing through the 'lens' of the pre-authorization visit team in April 2009, and then...
Invitation from the IBO to give 1 hour presentation to an international audience on our good practices and uniqueness...
...Crossing Milestones has become a pleasure for the team @ Silver Oaks !
When the IBO mailed to all the IB schools in the Asia Pacific region about the Annual regional conference in March’10, I felt that I must attend to learn from the IB community of educators.
All the schools were also asked if they would like to present their school’s experience during the conference.
However all the applications would go through a rigorous selection procedure of a committee who will scrutinize to see if these presentations are worth being given a time during the conference.
I learnt one lesson from Dr Kalam. Aiming small is a crime. Though we are only 3 years old in the PYP journey, I certainly believed that the transition of a conventional school to a progressive school is worth sharing in the conference.
I prepared a brief in 200 words and to my pride, the committee approved my presentation and gave me one hour to share my experiences.
My topic was ‘groom contributors to the society , not just consumers’
I landed in Singapore on the 23rd (March'10) morning and attended a pre-conference dialogue session with George Walker who has been the Director General of IBO for 6 years.
Besides his experience on consolidating IB in different countries we had an interesting time discussing the western humanistic values vs eastern perspectives.
We also talked about how Asia is taking up IB methodology more keenly and how far eastern countries are reluctantly opening their doors to western education.
I still remember a colleague from UK commenting on how Indians are fascinated with US education and jobs and pointed out that it is solely because inadequate Indian education system.
I felt offended but had to contend with the reality in his comment.
To everybody’s surprise many Indian schools are fast catching up with IB methods.
Their observation is that globalization has led to change in perspectives on education and more and more people are realizing the value of meaningful education than quantitative education as is followed in India.
However another British colleague commented that ‘vast content and exhaustive examination system’ is a colonial legacy that India is still following.
An American working in Japan for the last 10 years gave a presentation on the Japanese education policy which has a humanistic priority
Omoiyari-consideration of others
Kyaryaku-cooperation with others
tomodachi-friendship and a sense of belonging
Shisei - sincerity- respect for tradition
With these as priority a student is also educated in subjects like math science or social sciences.
IB Annual Regional Conference of Asia Pacific opened in Raffles Convention Centre with a welcome note from Regional Development Officer John Switzer.There were nearly 800 educators from across the globe.
We had the privilege of listening to Greg Mortenson the accidental educator!
...and thus we carved our own unique place in the Annual Conference of IBO in Singapore.
An American working in China trying his best to make international education happen in an anti-west country !
A Britisher working in Japan has to strike a balance between Japanese education policy and internationalism !
An Australian working in China has to refrain from making any reference to religion.
A white teacher is preferred by Malaysians ( and many other countries) than their own nationals.
Having discussed about the challenges world over, I returned from the conference with the renewed confidence and energy as we the team @ Silver Oaks are clearly walking into the age of wisdom.