VSI and the ToK Life

Two things: 1) here is the link to the VSI guided reading questions you put in your Comp Book. Requests have been made suggesting that it might be easier to answer and organize your thoughts if you could see ll the questions gathered in one place. That seemed reasonable and appropriate, so here you are.

VSI Guided Questions

2) Here is a link to an article about the current Alex Honnold documentary, “Free Solo”. Alex is an extraordinary rock climber, specializing in climbing without a rope (“free-soloing”). The movie is both a riveting and beautiful account of his attempt to free-solo “El Capitan”, one of the largest and most iconic rock walls in the world. The article makes the case that he is living a radically truthful life. When I saw it last night, I thought of it as more of a “ToK life”. I was struck by his interrogation and investigation of what it means to truly, deeply live. I also couldn’t help but notice that he was an IB student in high school in Calif. and while he doesn’t call out ToK in specific, I am claiming it. So, look for yourself and see how someone lives their life. Here’s the link and the movie is at the Manor.

Alex Honnold and the Lived Life


For those walking today – 3.14

via Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers. – The New York Times

and this

America has failed its kids on guns

and if you want to think about it in relationship to what counts as knowledge and who gets to decide what is knowledge, there is this – which might offer a suggestion for another approach as to what can start to be done

Congress has quashed research on guns


Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Olympics

I came across these two articles today and immediately thought of what we have been doing in class. Though from really different perspectives, they overlap a great deal and both of them speak directly to your lives. Treat yourself to a few minutes dedicated to yourself – slow down long enough to read them and perhaps ponder them a bit. Enjoy.

How to manage stress like an Olympic biathlete

The promise of compassion for stressed out teens

np: Thomas Brinkmann “Walk with Me”