The Extended Essay was said to have been the cause of the large drop out rate in the International Baccalaureate program, as students described the process of writing this essay on ANY TOPIC POSSIBLE as hell, death, insaity, suicidal, painful and suffering.
However, the Extended Essay is also looked upon to expand the learning of the students in seek of a challenge.
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.
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When he became director of Ecolint's English division, Desmond Cole-Baker began to develop the idea, and in 1962, his colleague Robert Leach organised a conference in Geneva, at which the term "International Baccalaureate" was first mentioned.
An American social studies teacher, Leach organized the conference—with a 00 grant from UNESCO—which was attended by observers from European schools and UNESCO.