Here you go. Sorry about the delay.
Details will be given in class but here are the brief and necessary parts:
Oct 23, 24 (next Mon/Tues): Comp book collection – informal grade
Oct 26 – Knowledge Construction formal grade due – pay close attention to the REQUIRED details:
- done in google doc,
- three tables,
- ALL text in garamond font/10pt,
- your section should be 500 words,
- you must use more than 2 articles from the ToK Reader,
- all connections should be clearly made
- HARD copy only by Oct 26 at 2:30pm
- failure to get me a hard copy will result in a 0 being entered for a grade
Here is the article you will need:
Here is a mock version of the google doc:
This touches on so many things for us it’s ridiculous. From Whitmire’s connection of rap as today’s folk music today in class to the conversation post-Monday’s speaker to Dylan’s unpacking of his world to the argument that I have been making (ala Egginton) that your knowledge is “pre-determined” by the knowledge before and around you.
This is why ToK matters – not to help you understand the article but to get you to think like Rodney Carmichael (he gets an A) – when you encounter a tweet, what questions do you ask? do you question the assumptions that are made? how do you respond to those assumptions? what are the “rules” of engagement for that discipline/subject?
Read, ponder, and turn it up.
Given our recent classroom discussions, I thought that this article made a nice pairing with them. It looks at exactly what we have been talking about in examining how a culture’s sensibilities shaped one person’s experiences which in turn shaped many others. This is a good example of that feedback that it is easy to get lost in without asking questions, such as “How is art constructed?”
Ever so briefly discussed this in 3A today and will be returning to it next week. If you have time, it is a great read especially for how “knowledge” gets made. we’ll look into this next week.
This article explores research in children concerning when they begin to develop awareness that others have minds that are different from theirs which is fascinating enough. But when you consider (which is beyond what the researchers are after here) the role that culture plays in constructing the very ideas that are being used to evaluate the children – lies, imagination, reason, belief, deception – well, then it starts to sound a little like the Egginton pieces. All of which means that you are likely to be doing ToK for the rest of your life.
In this Bookend section from Sunday, the discussion is essentially about whether rights are absolute or constructed. The point I want you to realize is that the class discussions have consequences in the outer world. How we frame the acquisition of knowledge does matter.