Taiwan Should Implement the IB Programme to Become a Bilingual Nation by 2030 and Culturally Integrate into the Global Community
Developing the Republic of China (Taiwan) into a Bilingual Nation by 2030.”, announced by the Executive Yuan in December of 2018, has been an established education policy, which schools will be progressively applying in the teaching curriculum.
The main appeal of this article is that Taiwan should adopt the worldwide recognized IB International Baccalaureate Programmes in the process of implementing the new bilingual policy as this should objectively not only reflect but also meet the Taiwan people’s consensus.
The Lion City miracle creator Singapore shares the similar Asian culture with Taiwan. Its younger generation has profited from bilingual education policy, which has been on track since the 1960s, yet its students are still suffering from the great psychological pressure through the fierce competition of entering a higher school. Also, another Asian neighbor country, Japan, has planned to abolish the national college entrance examination through launching the IB since 2012. Based on these two examples, it is suggested that Taiwan should catch up and consider cooperating with the world at this late stage so that the domestic school curriculum can be recognized in line with the world community. After all, Modern Globalization (since the fall of the Iron Curtain) is ongoing for almost 40 years.
Finally, the article also proposes an innovative concept of coexistence of the local and IB bilingual schools. It is hoped that the use this complementary measure of a “double-track school system” will break the long-standing myth towards the “star schools” in Taiwanese society.
Linking the implementation of the IB programs with Taiwan’s bilingual education policy is still a new thinking in Taiwanese academic circles. The purpose of this paper is to arouse a broader and deeper discussion of this topic in domestic academic circles and Taiwanese society.
|關鍵詞||國際文憑組織、國際文憑課程、教育改革、雙語國家、雙語教育、bilingual education、bilingual nation、International Baccalaureate (IB,IBDP,PYP,MYP)、International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)、education reform|