The last week has been truly momentous, educationally at least. The IB, an organisation with a great many loyal followers and supporters, myself included, has seemingly shot itself so massively in the foot that one must wonder if it has any way back. Last Sunday evening the IB released its results to a group of educators who were amazed at what they saw. Students with great potential and fantastic offers from top universities found themselves a number of points away from their offers, in many cases even from their insurance choices. Universities on UCAS immediately turned them down. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in US scholarships were lost and students with no other means of getting a undergraduate education were cast aside. What did the IB have to say? Initially they said "please speak to your IB Diploma coordinator" or "talk to your counsellor". neither of whom had the first idea how the IB had arrived at their results. Then, the IB went quiet, very quiet.,and have remained so. They are desperately hoping that this whole stinking mess that they have created will go away. Will it? I seriously hope not. OFQUAL has just announced an investigation into how the grades were arrived at. There is talk of class action law suits to force the IB to inform people what their algorithm was and how it worked. In a few short weeks the GCSE results are due as well as the A-Level ones. Teachers whose students took these exams were asked to prepare a portfolio of evidence to back up their grades. The IB chose not to do this and it is now going to come back to haunt them. Some people cried out in the wilderness about this attitude by the IB and were ignored. It will be interesting to see now how many parents choose the IB over other examinations. Hence the title of the thread. Fire away, fire away.