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February 21, 2006
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Pa. School Board Votes Down Baccalaureate

PITTSBURGH -- An internationally recognized educational curriculum has been eliminated by the school board in an affluent suburb despite an outcry from parents and students.

The Upper St. Clair school board voted 5-4 Monday to cut the International Baccalaureate Programme, whose curriculum some school board members have alleged is liberal and anti-American.

What they mean to say, of course, is that being liberal is anti-American.

And that "liberal" is anyone not in danger of falling off the rightwing edge of reality.

Also, anyone who objects to war is liberal and anti-American, so a program whose "mission is to "develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."" is anti-American in a billion different ways.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:00 PM


I wonder what will do more professional and managerial stars so key to economic development in troubled greater Pittsburg? Knowing about the city's knee jerk patriotism, or an IB program in a suburban school?

It's particularly ironic since Richard Florida, the author of the Creative Class, teaches at a college nearby. I guess no prophet is welcome in his own home town.

Posted by: ohwilleke at February 21, 2006 03:14 PM

I'ts part and parcel of the whole not-subtle push to drive any liberal...no...not liberal, Not Rightwing is more accurate...any Not Rightwing influence out of academia.

What appalls me is how little understanding it shows of how free thought and academic freedom are two of our country's strongest assets.

Posted by: Anne at February 21, 2006 10:11 PM