Researchers from the University of Western Sydney compared first-year university students who studied the IB with their non-IB classmates and found they demonstrated greater inquisitiveness, intellectual curiosity, truth-seeking and confidence in reasoning. « It has a really strong global perspective and a focus on independent learning, which I thought would prepare me for university study, » the 18-year-old who hopes to study commerce at the University of NSW, said. « It has definitely made me confident in looking at both sides of all issues you study. »
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Most homework is ‘completely pointless’. I’m not anti homework- it can be a useful tool – but too often it’s an exercise in back covering, or box ticking, with no real thought for the educational outcome. I have no problem with setting challenging homework but I do disagree with the pickpocketing of family life to serve the requirements of a school’s homework timetable.
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