voluntary v’s mandatory

DP students should question why is CAS, and especially service, compulsory in the DP program. The question and debate about 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 red herring.The students who benefit most from service activities are the ones who would never volunteer.  Those who think they're going to hate it end up loving it." But is this explanation enough to convince you ...

‘3 cups of tea….and a teaspoon of saccharine’

An imbroglio over fund raising and support for a service organization called 'Pennies for Peace' won't go away easily. This follows a recent news report on the CBS program “60 Minutes” that questioned the accuracy of a narrative that has inspired hundreds of thousands of people and helped to raise millions of dollars for the building of 54 schools in Afghanistan. The author of this non-fiction story is Greg Mortenson, a quiet and softly spoken IB alumni. He has addressed communities of ...

“ideals and ideas”

I’d been invited to prepare a presentation on service learning to my school’s leadership team. We were discussing a proposal to make community service an ‘expectation’ for all graduating seniors. It was 1996, the pre power-point era, and my supporting visuals were slides for an OHP. For digital natives - that’s an Over Head Projector. As I entered the conference room the Head of Science slipped me a newspaper clipping. “You gotta read this,” he said, “it will help your argument!” I did ...

Science in Action

Yet another great sound bite from the BBC (I know, it has been a bit of a theme lately! :lol: ) Science in Action is a BBC World Sevice programme that is always worth a listen: Click here to listen to this weeks edition It covers has a wide variety of  articles ranging from 'Malaria Eradication' and 'Lizard Extinction' to 'Moments of Genius'. Well worth a listen! I am also fairly optimistic that all you non UK readers will be able to hear this one ...