Cherylyn Harley LeBon — who established her partisan Republican bona fides working for archconservative Sen. Orrin Hatch and serving as deputy press secretary and spokesperson for the Republican National Committee — notes efforts by the New Hampshire GOP to eliminate the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and declares the party has lost its way.
In the State of New Hampshire, however, Democrats have exercised reasonable, sound judgment, while my Republican brethren are being led astray.
Some Republicans in the New Hampshire state legislature believe that the IB program is a pilot program of the United Nations and UNESCO that promotes a socialist agenda. I have my share of criticisms for the UN and UNESCO, but they are a non-issue in this instance and don’t control the IB program.
The IB program prepares our children to function in a global society. The curriculum is challenging and encourages students to hone critical thinking skills, engage in community service, and learn a second language. … We should be proud of and encourage education through programs like the IB program.