Moving your literature teachers to be more daring

It is pretty well known that when it comes to choosing the works you will study in your syllabus, teachers are in control, in most cases, of the process. Many considerations play into this: the school situation in terms of boards which have oversight of schools, budgets, personal preferences, and school aims and philosophy. Nevertheless, sometimes teachers can be invited and nudged to go in new directions and sometimes, just sometimes, you can have a role in that. So let’s say there ...

Philosophy and comic books

One of the most innovative and thought-provoking aspects of the IB Philosophy examination is the visual stimulus proposed to candidates in the Core theme paper. To invite young minds to look beyond three or four strips of Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts and get down to the essence of Charles Shulz or Bill Watterson’s idiosyncratic vision of existence may prove a most challenging, and hopefully, rewarding experience. Do candidates have to be aware of Shulz’s strong religious views to ...