Setting the Standard: The IB Learner Profile
As more and more students respond to the challenges of an IB education, colleges and universities are taking notice of what has been called the best academic program in the world. But exactly what kind of individual emerges from the intensive two-year experience? In a exclusive letter to IB Diploma Schools last May, Bradley Richardson, Regional Director of North American IB schools, developed the IB Learner Profile, an expression of what the organization wishes for students who participate in IB programs. It states that the aims are “to develop internationally minded people who are striving to become:
Inquirers ~ They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive research and become active, independent lifelong learners.
Critical Thinkers ~They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
Communicators ~ They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
Risk takers ~ They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety, have confidence and independence, are courageous and articulate in defending what they believe.
Knowledgeable~ They explore concepts, ideas and issues with global relevance and make use of knowledge across a range of disciplines.
Principled~They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning, integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
Caring ~They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others and have a personal commitment to action and service.
Open-minded ~ They are open to the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of perspectives.
Well-balanced ~ They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.
Reflective ~ They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.”