Wednesday, September 30, 2015

IB and College Credit insights

In 2015 - 2016, various colleges had various policies concerning IB course ACCEPTANCE for college credit. The kids at Pittsburgh Obama Academy in Pittsburgh Public Schools got these insights from their teacher, Mr. Ehman, the IB Coordinator and Film teacher at the school. He researched the schools based upon an expressed interest from the rising seniors. 
This complied list has the college name and what is offered to incoming freshmen in terms of college credits that is earned in high school. Do reconfirm this information.

Students may receive credit for a maximum of 20 semester credit hours (five courses). HL offerings 5,6,7 must submit to the school to determine credits.

Each score of 6 or 7 on Higher Level Exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a core requirement.
Film, Music, Theatre, Vis Arts = 3 credits
History = 6 credits
English = 6 credits
Spanish, French, German, Japanese HL = 6 credits

Scores of 5,6, and 7 will earn 8 credits for the following IB areas.
Theater, Foreign Languages, History, Visual Arts, English

One or two Brown courses for a grade of 5 or 6 or higher, depending on the department.
History, English, Foreign Languages, Students must contact the school for all other HL courses.

IB diploma recipients, with a minimum score of 5 on each of the six subject examinations, will be awarded six course credits toward their degree requirements at Bucknell. Diploma recipients who do not meet the minimum score requirements will receive course credit for only those higher level courses passed with a score of 5 or higher. IB Certificates students (non-diploma) will receive course credits for each higher level course passed with an examination score of 5 or higher. No credit is awarded for standard-level courses except as noted for IB Diploma recipients.

Higher Level Exams ONLY. Passing scores of 5,6,7...
Film, History, Music, Theater, Vis Arts, English, Foreign Languages

Case Western offers course credit for scores of 5,6,7 for MOST HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATIONS.

Contact Chatham as Credits are awarded in a case by case basis.

Credit earned for courses in the IB Programme may be applied to certain general education requirements or to electives as described. Course credit is only granted for grades of 6 or 7 on Higher-Level IB Exams.

IB graduates who score well on their higher level exams will be awarded credit. Include your IB Candidate # when applying to Clemson. Scores of 4,5,6,and 7 will be awarded credits.
English, Film, Foreign Language, History, Music, Theatre, Vis Arts.

Columbia awards transfer credit only for exams taken at Higher Level. Students receive the equivalent of one year of credit (usually 6 points) for any Higher Level exam on which they receive a 6 or 7.

Students must have earned the IB DIPLOMA to be considered for credits. HL exams only, scores of 5,6,7. Credits will be automatically awarded for English & History. Credits may be awarded in a case by case basis.

The University of Denver offers college credit for students who have taken and scored well on International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exams. A maximum of 45 credit hours can be awarded. Scores of 4,5,6, and 7 will be considered.

Students who have taken International Baccalaureate courses will be granted general college credit for HL IB exams in which they achieve grades of 5 or better. The registrar can review credits for fulfillment of graduation requirements.

Drexel University awards advanced standing and or credit to students who have achieved superior performance on International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations. Standard Level Exams are not considered. Scores of 6 or 7 are accepted for the following IB courses English, History.

Duquesne University may award academic credits to students completing the diploma with a total score of 30 or above. Credits will be awarded at the discretion of a Duquesne University academic advisor.
Students who do not complete the IB diploma are able to receive advanced standing credit for IB HL subjects with scores of 5, 6, or 7. IB standard level scores of 6 or 7 will be accepted in foreign languages for a maximum of eight semester hours per language.
No credit will be given for other standard level courses.

Credit awarded for Higher Level Examinations only... Score of 5 or above for Film, History, Language A, Language B, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts (You will earn 4 semester hours for each)

We will award three semester hours of college credit for scores of five, six, or seven on the higher level International Baccalaureate examinations in the subject areas offered in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
Emory college of arts and sciences does not grant credit for the HL Visual Arts IB Exam.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fwd: First Three Speakers Confirmed for Pittsburgh RC

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Jim Lark, Isaac Morehouse, Lucy Steigerwald
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Hey Mark,

Great news! I've just confirmed the first three speakers for SFL's Pittsburgh Regional Conference on November 7th. Check them out:

Lucy Steigerwald

lucyLucy Steigerwald is a contributing editor and columnist for She is a former associate editor for Reason magazine and a former writer of VICE's Bad Cop Blotter column. Lucy is the co-host of Free Association Podcast With Sheldon Richman, Bourbon and Bitches podcast, and the host of Politics for People Who Hate Politics podcast. Her work has appeared in: VICE, Rare, Reason, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Federalist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, Mt. Lebanon Magazine, Mic, Defending Dissent, Politix, and The Libertarian Standard.

Jim Lark


Dr. Lark is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government and the secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Students For Liberty and the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland. He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee (the Libertarian Party's board of directors), and as a member of the LNC's Executive Committee. He is the LNC's representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. 

Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and is an advocate of self-directed learning and living. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive one-year program combining real-world business experience with personal coaching, professional development projects, and interdisciplinary education for those who want more than college.

We'd love for you to join us at the conference! Registration is free and meals are included. You won't want to miss this chance to network with likeminded libertarians in Pennsylvania.

Register Now

Sincerely & For Liberty,
John Breeden
Pittsburgh Conference Director
Students For Liberty

 P.S. SFL just received our RC t-shirt that all conference attendees will receive for free. Check it out.


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Keeping Kids Safe, Clearances and new PA Laws

Insights from a session hosted by The Forbes Fund and others about clearances, reporting of child abuse and other new trends with law changes in PA.

We have a ladder of engagement drafted that deploys Digital Badges for adults to assist with this process. A position paper from my is forthcoming.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fwd: Kickstarter is now a Benefit Corporation

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Kickstarter Inc is no more. We're now Kickstarter PBC — a Public Benefit Corporation. We're thrilled to share this news, and we'd love to take a minute to tell you exactly what it means.

Kickstarter is now a Benefit Corporation

Kickstarter Inc is no more. We're now Kickstarter PBC — a Public Benefit Corporation. We're thrilled to share this news, and we'd love to take a minute to tell you exactly what it means.

Until recently, the idea of a for-profit company pursuing social good at the expense of shareholder value had no clear protection under U.S. corporate law, and certainly no mandate. Companies that believe there are more important goals than maximizing shareholder value have been at odds with the expectation that for-profit companies must exist ultimately for profit above all.

Benefit Corporations are different. Benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders. Radically, positive impact on society becomes part of a Benefit Corporation's legally defined goals.

Kickstarter is excited to join a growing list of forward-thinking organizations — like Patagonia and This American Life — that have taken the big step to become a Benefit Corporation. While only about .01% of all American businesses have done this, we believe that can and will change in the coming years. More and more voices are rejecting business as usual, and the pursuit of profit above all.

If you want to see what we think is important, you can find a link to our Benefit Corporation charter here. We've spelled out a specific list of values and commitments we'll live by: We renew our longstanding commitment to arts and culture. We declare how we plan to conduct ourselves in situations that are often swayed by profit motives. And we newly commit to donate 5% of annual post-tax profits to arts education and organizations fighting inequality. Every year, we'll release an assessment of how we're performing on the commitments we've made.

There was not a single dissenting vote by a Kickstarter shareholder to re-incorporate as a Benefit Corporation. We're once again grateful for the support and partnership we've had from this group of friends, investors, and current and former team members. Thank you all!

From Kickstarter's inception, we've focused on serving artists, creators, and audiences to help bring creative projects to life. Our new status as a Benefit Corporation hard-codes that mission at the deepest level possible to guide us, and future leaders of Kickstarter.

To all the creators and backers who have helped make Kickstarter what it is today — we're excited to keep working with you, and helping new creative projects come to life as Kickstarter PBC.

Read our PBC charter

Thank you,


Yancey Strickler

Kickstarter Cofounder/CEO

Perry Chen

Kickstarter Founder/Chairman

Charles Adler

Kickstarter Cofounder

Kickstarter · 58 Kent St, Brooklyn NY, 11222 · · Contact us

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fwd: The Connecticut Physician Who Warned the World About DDT

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A version of this article was published recently at a website dedicated to the history of Connecticut and its people. Peace and Solidarity,


                                    Morton Biskind: The Connecticut Physician Who Warned the World About DDT
                                                                                                                                                                                by Andy Piascik
    In the years after the Second World War, the American empire was at its absolute apex. American businesses were enjoying previously unheard of profits and acting with previously unheard of hubris. More than ever, the natural world was seen as something to be conquered and exploited for the betterment of human life and for greater prosperity for the few. There seemed no limits on production. It was in this business climate that Monsanto, Ciba and other chemical companies produced Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, for widespread use as an agricultural insecticide.

Dr. Morton Biskind
            It was in the late 1940's that a Westport physician by the name of Morton Biskind began noticing new ailments and new variations on old ailments in both humans he was treating as well as in domestic and wild animals in the area. Born in 1906, Biskind had been practicing medicine for over 20 years. The maladies he observed were initially most pronounced in dogs,cats, sheep and cattle and included degenerative problems in their brains, internal organs and muscles.

When Biskind noticed a dramatic increase in similar symptoms in humans, he began doing research and consulting other doctors about their observations.
In 1949, he and Dr. Irving Bieber published "DDT Poisoning – A New Symptom With Neuropsychiatric Manifestations" in the American Journal of Psychotherapy. Much of the article focused on what Biskind and Bieber saw as a link between DDT exposure and the occurrence of polio. "Facts are stubborn," the authors wrote, "and refusal to accept them does not avoid their inexorable effects -- the tragic consequences are now upon us."

Resistance From the Scientific and Business Establishment
            Biskind, Bieber and others alarmed by the effects of DDT were bucking the status quo.Just a year before their article was published, Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Muller was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for discovering the effectiveness of DDT against yellow fever and malaria. Chemical giants such as duPont and Geigy manufactured large quantities of the insecticide for use during World War 2 and government regulators such as those at the Food and Drug Administration dismissed Biskind's claims.
            In reality, it was already well-known among scientists that DDT had a devastating impact on life forms beyond the insects it was intended to kill. In addition to the humans and mammals Biskind had already observed in and around Westport, virtually every kind of fish, birds, mammals and insects exposed even to small doses of DDT suffered adverse health consequences. Compounding DDT's impact was the fact that it was stored in the body fat and milk of humans and animals – essentially, a toxic poison embedded in the organism for as long as that organism lived.

Biskind's Continued Efforts
            Though he was largely ignored and often reviled, Biskind continued to spread his message of warning. In 1950, he testified before Congress about the harmful effects of DDT, and in 1953, he published another important article, "Public Health Aspects of the New Insecticides,"in the American Journal of Digestive Diseases. Though resistance from powerful quarters continued, the message began to get through. More and more studies showed the destructive
impact DDT spraying had on all forms of wildlife as well as direct links to cancer and other diseases in humans.

Silent Spring
It was in the 1960's that the work Biskind had done bore fruit as others such as the eminent biologist Paul Shepard carried forward his efforts. Most famous among those inspired by Biskind was Rachel Carson, a marine biologist who in 1962 authored Silent Spring, perhaps the most important environmental book ever written. In 1967, a group of scientists and lawyers formed the Environmental Defense Fund for the express purpose of getting the production and use of DDT banned.
In 1968, Hungary became the first nation to ban DDT for agricultural use and other countries soon did likewise including, in 1972, the United States. In response, DDT
manufacturers sued the Environmental Protection Agency. The ban was eventually upheld and DDT has ever since only been authorized for use is extreme cases such as possible threats of bubonic plague being spread by fleas or yellow fever by mosquitoes.
            Morton Byskind died in Westport in 1981 at the age of 74. His work lives on is and is celebrated by environmentalists everywhere as well as by writers such as E.G. Vallianatos. His efforts underscore the clash of interests between corporations and governments that serve them, on the one hand, and the rest of us. His work is also a testament that we must always be on guard against profit-driven notions of progress.     
Bridgeport native Andy Piascik is an award-winning author who writes for many publications and websites. He can be reached at

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fwd: New Economy Campaign

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Hear about Public Banking this Weekend

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Public Banking Event at

University of Pittsburgh 


Saturday, September 12
9 AM to 3 PM
University of Pittsburgh, 2911 Posvar Hall


Featured speakers: Thomas Hanna, Democracy Collaborative, and Mike
Krauss, Pennsylvania Project

Panel participants include: Scott Tyson, PA Single Payer Healthcare,
and Patty DeMarco, Pathways to Our Sustainable Future, and others


University of Pittsburgh hosts "Empowerment through Ownership" forum on the role of public ownership in the modern economy

A coalition of national, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh area public policy advocacy organizations will host a one day webinar and forum to support and strengthen "the vital role of public and worker ownership in wide segments of the US and global economy."

The program has been organized by the Pennsylvania Project, the Public Banking Institute and the Institute for Green Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University with support of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Metropolitan Action Group and the Thomas Merton Center.

Featured speakers include Thomas M. Hanna, Director of Research for the Democracy Collaborative, and Mike Krauss, Founder of the Public Bank Institute and Chair of the Pennsylvania Project.

Hanna will address what he describes as "the surprising vitality of public ownership in America," and Krauss will outline the role of public banks in strengthening municipal and public finance. According to event coordinator J T Campbell, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and adviser to the Pennsylvania Project: "The private sector is very good at advancing private profit, but in many important ways is failing to generate prosperity for average Americans. We need a public sector antidote, with a strong dose of public ownership."

The event takes place on Saturday, September 12, beginning at 9:00 AM at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 3911 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 S Bouquet ST, Pittsburgh PA 15213. Partial funding for the event was made possible by a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund.

The event will be presented on-line, but to attend registration is required as seating is limited. Lunch will be provided for those attending. For information on the link and to register to attend please contact


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