Your CAS Currency

In the newly published CAS Guide (2014) there are 5 stages identified that represent a process and a sequence that can assist you to set up a reliable and flexible structure to frame and build your CAS experiences. In the initial stage called Investigation you are invited to..... “identify your interests, skills and talents to be used in considering opportunities for CAS experiences, as well as areas for personal growth and development. You investigate what you want to do and determine the purpose ...

Voluntourism

Picture a group of CAS students in a fictitious school in Africa. They are discussing a CAS project that will take them into middle America. “I even got on this optional excursion that’s going to let me go into Walmarts, that’s going to actually let me interact with real North Americans - yeah it’s so sick, bud.” Irresponsible and misdirected volunteers abroad are the subject of this you-tube  -  "If voluntarists talked about North America". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8GZjZTZrWA As explained and reported by Rachel Banning Lover in ...

changes (1) – the new CAS guide for students graduating after 2017

Earlier this month the ‘new’ CAS Guide for students graduating in 2017 and later was released by the IBO. The publication of the new Guide is another chapter in the “evolution” of CAS and a deliberate move by the IBO to integrate the three elements of the core viz. TOK, CAS and EE better. It’s very real attempt to present the Diploma as a more holistic model. How different is the new Guide from the previous one and what are the implications ...

International Mindedness

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better more peaceful world through intercultural understand and respect.....learning to communicate a variety of ways in more than one language is fundamental to the development of intercultural understanding......" What is an IB education? (2013) I place these two quotes as a backdrop for reflection on the topic of CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and humor. Humor does not always travel easily between cultures or across borders. Add the ...

Travel

I firmly believe that travel can offer many opportunities for growth in CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and international mindedness. Many schools now offer their students days or weeks off campus wherein there are activities to facilitate experiential learning in CAS, group 4 Science projects, as well as group 2 field studies. Whilst off site from the school & perhaps in a holiday mood & mode it's easy for 'the traveller' to miss those chances for interaction & reflection. How does travel, and in particular ...

Resonate

December 26 - the feast of Stephen resonates with meaning for me. Naturally because of my Christian name this day has a special appeal – it's the feast day of my patron saint, St. Stephen. But this year December 26 ‘rings’ to a different tune. Major international news media have been running special reports on the tragic circumstances surrounding the Boxing Day tsunami which, in terms of loss of lives and ruination, is perhaps the most devastating natural disaster of recent times. The day ...

Doing good is good for you: Ethics and the Human Sciences, TOK and CAS

(re-post from December 16, 2013 blog. It's so appropriate for this time of year!) Is there really anything newsworthy about the value of doing good to others?  So much has been said over so many centuries that surely current psychological research cannot add tremendously to our understanding!  And surely doing good falls within the scope of ethics -- and not within the scope of the human sciences!  Yet, quite the contrary: recent studies in the human sciences do contribute knowledge -- and knowledge that is particularly welcome at a ...

Voluntary vs Mandatory

"It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions - indoctrination is of the devil - but is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences." Kurt Hahn I'm sure that you'll always find students who will question why is CAS, and especially service, compulsory in the DP. The question of whether a service program should be mandatory or voluntary is, according to Samuel Halperin - the director of the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. "....a ...

#BANDAID 30 – raising money, awareness, and questions?

By Thursday, November 13, 2014 0

Has Bob Geldof missed a beat, nay a whole generation? His recent announcement and press conference with Midge Ure (who?) indicating that they would re-make and re-release a song that defined a time raises not only awareness but also many questions and implications. Will a generation of habitual downloaders like his tweaks to the original version of the song with new artists, and will this internet savvy audience also heed his request NOT to download the song without payment? The Guardian contributor, Bid Adewumni, ...

3 reasons for projects in CAS

Why are projects included in CAS? I recently read a report on project based learning and the following scenario immediately resonated with my own experiences. Ever woken up late on a Saturday morning and realized that you have no milk for your coffee? You pull a coat over your pajamas, put on a hat, and run to the local shop.. Just as you are leaving the store unrecognized, a former student sees you from across the parking lot. She comes rushing towards ...