Does the AICE program advance American interests?

Nov 21, 2011 by

A closer look at the AICE Cambridge Global Perspectives course

By Dean Kalahar

Although highly organized, objectively evaluated, well intentioned, and packaged with some important academic objectives in mind, the AICE Global Perspectives course directly promotes or subtly guides students towards a vision of the world that can only be seen as counter to the principles of West civilization, American Exceptionalism, and Capitalism.

The curriculum in Global Perspectives states “The syllabus aims to develop active global citizens.” In addition, and in a stunningly disingenuous rejection of their own words and directives, the class description states:

“The course is not about getting everybody to think identically; rather it is a matter of opening minds to the great complexity of the world and of human thought, and opening hearts to the diversity of human experience and feeling.”

“The global issues provide a stimulating context through which candidates can begin to develop the skills necessary to participate as active, global citizens and for practical application in further study.”

In less flowery words, AICE teachers will promote diversity through feelings not reason in order to develop skills as activists to promote a global citizenship agenda.

The syllabus offers an insightful example of how the academics in charge of developing curriculum are unaware of their bias:

“A topic, such as Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss, should not be undertaken only as a piece of empirical research e.g. into deforestation. The collection of relevant facts and information is clearly important, but what is also important is addressing the issues within the topic. What makes deforestation a matter of global import is not only the fact that about 20 per cent of tropical and sub-tropical forests have disappeared since the 1960s but also the effect of this loss on human (and animal and plant) life, both locally and globally. In general, human relations, with the planet and/or with each other, are at the centre of all global issues.”

There should be no doubt, the AICE developers are directing students to become activists for issues the AICE curriculum is directly advancing. The focus is to teach students what to think, instead of teaching them how to think.

If this is what taxpayers, parents, and students are looking for, then the AICE curriculum is a fine place to increase academic focus and discipline. If, however, taxpayers, parents, and students are unaware of the ideology being disseminated through AICE, it may be a good time to ask some tough questions to see if the program is appropriate.

To further back up these sentiments, the following are excerpts of core curriculum benchmarks taken directly from the AICE syllabus for the 2012 Global Perspectives course. Comments and potential concerns in parenthesis are mine.

Course

Benchmarks Focus questions for a global perspective

Biodiversity and ecosystem loss Why are plant species threatened? How can existing material/mineralresources be maintained? How would we judge whether the loss of anumber of plant or animal species constituted a disaster?Are humans themselves becoming more, or less, diverse?

 

(sustainability, anti-capitalism ideology)

 

Climate Change What causes climate change? What are the effects of climate change?How do different countries approach climate change?(global warming ideology) 
Conflict and Peace What is the role of the UN in times of conflict?(Global government/law, anti-sovereignty ideology )
Disease and Health Is access to good health care a right?(Universal health care ideology)
Education for All Does everyone have the right to an education?(Global education, centralization of education ideology)
Employment (Redistribution of wealth, command economic systems, “fair/living” wages, exploitation of workers, open boarders ideology)
Family and Demographic Change Why do some countries have a high proportion of children, or of elderly people? What difficulties can this cause? What is a ‘family’? How/why has the family changed?(anti-family, alternative family/lifestyle agenda, eugenics ideology)
Fuel and Energy What are the world’s mineral resources used for? Which countries provide the most/ least? Which countries use the most/least? Who controls the prices? What kinds of fuels are the most environmentally friendly?(Alternative energy, Anti-capitalism, anti-wealth, “green” ideology)
Humans and Other Species How well do humans share the planet with other species? Are certain species more important than others? Should humans be permitted to ‘use’ other species to make human life easier/ better?(Environmentalism, anti-west ideology)
Law and Criminality Who decides which laws should be in force? What are the problems caused by different law systems in different countries?(global government ,World court, anti-sovereignty ideology)
Poverty and Inequality Why are some countries poorer than others and are all the people in these countries poor? How has the gap in equality changed between countries in recent years? In what way should richer countries be concerned about poverty in other countries?(Anti-west, anti-capitalism, income redistribution ideology)
Trade and Aid Who makes the rules? Why are some countries with plenty of natural resources poorer than some other countries? Do richer countries have a responsibility to help poorer countries?(Income redistribution, anti-capitalism ideology)
Tradition, Culture and Identity Why do people value tradition? Why do people divide into nations? Why do some people move from one country to another? How does this affect their lives? If we have ‘European citizens’, should we aim eventually for all people to be ‘World citizens’?(global government, world citizenship, anti-sovereignty, open boarders ideology)
Transport and Infrastructure (Promotes mass transit and control ideology)
Urbanisation Why are more houses being built in many countries in the world? Should there be restrictions on house building?(Anti-Israel settlement building, environmental ideology)
Water, Food and Agriculture (over population, sustainability ideology)

Source: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=998

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