IB Attitude: Tolerance

Mar 15th, 2017

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) program balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

Teaching and learning in the IB program focus on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

Thank you to Ms.Guilliatt’s homebase for communicating with our school community what it means to practice tolerance. The homebase encouraged students to live this attribute by sharing "put-up's" with one another. Each class was given cards for students to share positive messages with each other showing respect and dignity for each person. 

Tolerance is being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others. As a school community we are working on being sensitive to others' differences and caring about their needs. Tolerance is respect and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerating something is rooted in skepticism; tolerance, on the other hand, is rooted in respect and dignity. 

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator