global citizenship – the hidden agenda

As a young high school student I can still recall my father recommending me to read Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders. At the same time that he gave me this book to read my dad made reference to the hidden agenda in education. He warned me, a naive young teenager, about the 'invisible' influence that schools and teachers wield on their students through curricula. In a thought provoking article in The Guardian entitled "What kind of global citizens are teachers creating?",  Caroline ...

TOK brain freeze?

Too many abstractions all at once can freeze your mind.  “Knowledge” is enough to produce brain-freeze all by itself.  What are you supposed to think about it, and how, when the word covers everything that everybody has ever known in all parts of the world?  The concept is simply too big and too vague to be able to focus on easily.  Then, when it is combined with “theory” – a very laaaaaarge concept -– “knowledge” can start to echo in ...

TOK Refreshment

It’s been only six months since I suspended this blog, but as I return I’m blinking with pleasure at the new surroundings. The web environment has changed: Triple A Learning is now teamed up with Oxford Study Courses in an attractive new site.  The TOK course itself has also changed: the revised version, with new structures and interesting new topics, is starting to roll. Have the readers changed too?   Welcome to new readers, and welcome back to those who have followed ...