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ISJ April 2014: Book review – Global Education Under Attack: International Baccalaureate in America


By Tristan Bunnell
Reviewed by James Cambridge


The International Baccalaureate (IB) is currently experiencing huge rates of growth not only worldwide but particularly in the United States. A fascinating new book Tristan Bunnell, the distinguished commentator on the IB and international education, relates how, while 12 candidates were entered in the US for the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) in 1968, by May 2010 the population of US IBDP candidates had grown to 57,000.

Moreover, the scale of growth of the IB in the US is exemplified by the observations that, whereas the 3000th IB World School to be authorised was Brown Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee (July 2010), the 2000th IB school in the ‘Americas’ region (IBA) alone was South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy, which was authorised in April 2012 (p7). Based on current projections, it has been proposed that ‘the May 2020 IBDP examination could feasibly involve 200,000 candidates across America’ (p8).