I've been thinking about responsible action a lot lately as the department tries to improve the curriculum. The IB mission statement is to create a better, more peaceful world and their official guide states, "The actions that students choose to take with regard to their fellow students, and to their local or wider community, may be considered the most significant summative assessment of the efficacy of the IB continuum of international education."
If you take the above and also keep in mind the IB program models for the PYP, MYP, and DP that each include the learner profile, action, approaches to learning skills, some type of extended culminating project, and international mindedness as the through strands for all three programs, you can't help but realize responsible action for both ourselves and others is really the heart of the IB.
So what does responsible action look like?
I've been thinking about responsible action within two major umbrella categories: self and other. These two categories also leap out of the program aims when you read through the guides and continue to see aims such as developing "student well-being" and "empowering service with the community".
Maximizing personal well-being is also one of the best ways to empower optimal service with the community, so even these two categories are undeniably interlinked and inseparable. The IB mentions physical, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. As these are augmented in students, they should gain ever more capacity to serve the community and act responsibly.
So as I dwell on these topics, here are the current actions that I think are most responsible and therefore worth modeling for students as teachers and a learning community:
To go one step further, I think a simple, short goal that an entire school could rally around would take these actions even further.
I suggest the mission, "Saving 1,000 human lives through responsible action".