Migration as the Subject of Literary Art

Whether in your current courses in Language and Literature, or looking forward to the upcoming Individual Oral of the revised course (first examinations 2021), it certainly appears that a matter which touches our lives and those of our students all around the world is that of migration, immigration. The combination of examining literary art with the way it addresses a global concern might work well with some of the following works. Fortunately, with the freedom from restriction to ‘prescribed lists,’ whether ...

Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy

Back in 1936, the English mathematician, Alan Turing, imagined a theoretical contraption capable of replicating thought processes. The ‘Turing machine’ proved that instances of intelligent cognition could be produced outside a human brain. Artificial intelligence was born and after the war, Turing went on to work on the first stored-program computer, at the University of Manchester. In 1950, in an article published in the philosophy journal Mind, he wrote: ‘I believe that at the end of the century, the use ...

The Visual Arts Upload Reminders/Advice

If you are teaching Grade 12/Year 2 Visual Arts students, by now you should be making final preparations for the upload to IBIS. The deadlines (next month) are listed below with details of what you need to upload. This information is available of course on My IB but here is a brief overview… These are the final deadlines. I encourage you NOT to wait until the deadline! Have all your visual arts upload files ready and start the upload process for each component at ...

Better and Better Essays #3

From a practicing journalist, one who has been through the IB Literature course (with an IB outcome of 7), three final hints to improve your essays. If you put into practice not only these, but the suggestions in the two previous ‘Better and Better Essays,’ you are likely to really raise your game as you face the whirlwind of essays demanded of you at the end of the IB May or November sessions. Hint #1: How to edit more ...

Is Philosophy under Siege?

Is Philosophy the main victim of the latest paradigm of our time, namely, the systematic undermining and denigration of the concept of truth, so central to any philosophical project? This widespread eroding of critical rational thinking is threatening the very nature of philosophy as well as its existing role in our liberal democracies. Philosophy seems to be under siege from many quarters, all eager to proclaim the demise of a so-called intellectual ‘élite', portrayed as the dangerous guardians of obsolete ...

New Release: IB Economics HL Revised 3rd Edition

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. Economics HL Revised 3rd Edition This guide covers the core syllabus for IBDP Economics and has been written specifically for the needs of HL students. This revised edition includes a new internal design and layout, for an even better reading experience. Stephen Holroyd has been teaching IB Economics since 1992. He is currently IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and head of Economics, Politics, and Business Studies at Malvern ...

Supporting Your Students with Revision

At the time of writing, it is only February. I’m still making my way through the course but I am already beginning to think ahead to the end of the course and revision activities for my students. One activity I recently carried out in a teacher workshop involved getting the teachers to familiarise themselves with the syllabus and their perceived strengths and weaknesses. If you like, they carried out an audit of the course. However, in order to carry this out ...

Questions about the Comparative Study

I have received some questions from students about the Comparative Study, mostly – but not all – about making connections to the students’ own art-making practice. The last one dropped in as a comment on a blog posted way back in February 2018 (from Antonella). Here they are, together with my answers. 1. Hi, I figured I’d like combine my three artworks to show the connections. Can I make a painting that has bits of each to show how they have influenced ...

Venezuela: How and Why Did It All Go So Wrong?

Venezuela was, until relatively recently, one of the richest countries in Latin America. Due to its vast oil reserves, and the revenue they brought in, they were able fund food subsidies health care and education programmes. Under the presidency of Hugo Chavez (1999–2013) unemployment and poverty halved and personal incomes doubled. Chavez nationalized the oil industry and used the profits for welfare programmes. Chavez dies in 2013 and was replaced Nicolas Maduro, who continued with the spending programme. However, the price ...

The Year of the Periodic Table

In this post I cover some principles of TOK, NOS and the learner profile whilst focusing on our favourite chemistry friend, the periodic table. 2019 has been officially designated ‘The Year of the Periodic Table’. I often wonder who makes these decisions but this one was made at the highest level, by the UN – so I guess we can’t argue with that! Why 2019 though? Why not 2018, 2020 or another year? Well, the reasoning behind it is that this marks ...