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Interview Gary Bradshaw interacting with a student on Keystone’s Ladybug Day Q: Why does IPC put so much stress on international-mindedness and personal learning? A: I think international mindedness is something that did not exist 50 years ago, but is so important today, especially when you look at the fact that people are moving around. You look at any given city and look at where the inhabitants come from. People are just moving in and moving out. People are going everywhere. It is imperative that children and adults have an understanding that we are one world, and within that world, we are all different, and unique. Kids, especially, need to be able to relate to and understand the qualities, similarities and differences of a great mix of societies and to understand culture well beyond flags, festivals and food – it has to be so much more than that. The IPC is very much structured to allow students to lead their own learning. We all know that each child is not the same, and in fact, some children are very, very different. The IPC is flexible enough to adapt to meet the needs of each individual child in the classroom. This type of learning really gets the kids excited in what they are doing and gives them ownership of their learning. I think that the designers of the IPC really believed that a curriculum should be all about learning and they have built into the design of the program an understanding of how children learn best. 50 The Keystone Magazine Q: How does the IPC allow for the assessment of a student’s learning outcomes? A: It is not so much about the IPC as much as it is about great schools. Assessment is essential because we need to see how kids are