#2
I live in India, and the other options I had were HSC/ISC/CBSE, I believe.
I did IB because I wanted to go abroad for further studies, and I like to think the universities prefer IB to the other boards

The other major reason I did IB was because I HATE mugging up(rote learning) and cant do it to save my life.

Its great so far, but from what I've heard, its going to get strenuous later on.

Worth it, for me atleast.

What subjects are you planning on taking btw?
#3
if i took ib, i would take
english (first language)
french (second language)
history
physics
maths
chemistry

if i did vce (victorian certificate of education) which is my other option, i would do
English Literature
Physics
Chemistry
Mathematical Methods
Specialist Maths
French.
#4
I'm doing it. It's pretty awesome. Hard work though.
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I'm doing it. It's pretty awesome. Hard work though.


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If your work ethics are as bad as mine, there are going to be times you have nothing to do and times you think biting your dick off would be easier

PCM @ HL?
What career options are you looking at?

We have a similar subject choice
I have PCM HL, English, Hindi, Business Management @ SL
#6
I'm going to take A Level.
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#8
I finished the IB programme in 2008 and I must say it was pretty sweet. I did so many things I would never have done if I had stayed in the school I was in before; things ranging from sports to music to events and lots of other things.

If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.
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#9
IB is the worst "education" program in the world. It is built on pretentiousness and complacency. As someone who has taken a good handful of IB courses, I can safely say they were the biggest waste of time and effort I've ever gotten myself into. Not only did I not learn a damn thing, my knowledge actually atrophied. Thank God for AP's.

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#10
I'm about to start the actual IB course work this coming school year. I've heard good stuff about it, but I'm a bit worried about the demands. And the fact I'm taking Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. (The didn't have the two year thing for Chem, so I had to take Physics, and I like Chem)
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IB is the worst "education" program in the world. It is built on pretentiousness and complacency. As someone who has taken a good handful of IB courses, I can safely say they were the biggest waste of time and effort I've ever gotten myself into. Not only did I not learn a damn thing, my knowledge actually atrophied. Thank God for AP's.


Very doubtful. What do you mean by "a good handful of IB courses". Did you attend an IB school for a while then? I hope you aren't comparing the MYP programme to the actual diploma course; they are a completely different kind of animal. While I was in the MYP years I hardly learned anything (coming from another school with another programme), which was quite inconvenient, because when the diploma years came along, a large part of the students was simply unprepared. If you finish the diploma course and still think you didn't learn anything, I'd be very surprised.

Saying all that, of course it varies from school to school. I was fortunate enough to have some of the most amazing teachers in small classes, allowing me to really learn something. I'm now doing an engineering course in university and the IB has prepared me well enough to pass the first year with almost all straight A's (got lazy towards the end of the year )

Also, I don't doubt that the programme itself varies from school to school and from the combination of courses you take.
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Very doubtful. What do you mean by "a good handful of IB courses". Did you attend an IB school for a while then?
My high school offered both certificate and diploma program. I could choose to commit to the full thing (diploma) or take individual courses (certificate).

If you finish the diploma course and still think you didn't learn anything, I'd be very surprised.
Well don't be, because many people around my district, not just my school, who were in the full program expressed regret.

Saying all that, of course it varies from school to school.
I'm sure it does, but I can tell that at the very core of the program itself, it was useless, ineffective, and a lot of bullshit. In the essence of IB, its materials are vague, its assignments even more vague, and the end result is all about putting on a facade of doing intellectual work when that's not actually the case.

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#13
What you are saying is quite true. I studied a lot from A level books on my own, simply because I knew that usually they have a better and more detailed approach to each topic (in my case this applies to chemistry and physics). This is really because in the end you choose 6 subjects (3 at standard and 3 at higher level for those that don't know) and there is no time to go into as much detail as you might in other programmes where you might only take 3 subjects (British A levels etc).

I still stand by what I say though. As a person, it helped me a lot as I did things that I never would have done in my old school (again, this might only be the case in the school I went to, not sure how far they push that in other IB schools). Also, I still believe that the actual IB diploma course (and not what comes before, i.e. MYP and PYP) gives the student a very good basis for any further studies (university and what not).

For those people reading this and still wondering, from my experience the IB diploma is quite well respected amongst universities in the UK and the USA (and most other english speaking countries), as I have many friends from my IB school that now attend top-notch universities all over the world. Not too sure how it is in universities from other countries.
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#14
I did IB, and I learned a hell of a lot from it. Not just in terms of books and reading, but life lessons. I learned a lot about working hard, and about setting goals and deadlines for myself, I learned the true art of procrastination to perfection. I learned that sometimes you can't possibly get all of your work done, and sometimes you just need to say "Screw it" and go do something for yourself. I learned how to write a proper essay, and now I can whip up a thousand word essay in an hour or so after intense amounts of training. I learned a lot about researching, about examining your sources for bias and accuracy, cross-referencing every little piece of information you possibly can to come to the best possible truth you can find. I also learned a lot about the art of performance, since I took a HL Theatre course.

Overall, the program assraped me for three years, screwed me over in every possible way that it could find to, and is still doing so now even though I finished a few months ago (they told me I failed my Spanish exam, when in reality they lost it in the mail and never actually marked it, which they've just informed me now about three months down the road). However, I wouldn't trade it all in for anything. It was a very valuable learning experience, and despite all the crap that it threw at me, and all the nights I spent with little to no sleep, or days I spent skipping classes to do homework for other classes, I would gladly do it all again. I look back over it all with very fond memories, and it really helped make some bonds between people because of the hardships of it all, which is another very valuable part of the experience. It also got me into music more heavily, and community service and the like, as well as the performing arts, which I am so glad for because I have found my passion in them now because of IB.
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