opinions on the child: raising knowledge questions through literature

On a day when TOK students seem hard to rouse to even a mild level of vehement engagement, they will almost certainly perk up when asked questions like the following: 1. If a parent coddles a child every time it cries will the child become manipulative, crying to get whatever it wants? 2. Should a child ever see its parents naked? 3. Should a baby be breast fed or bottle fed? Chances are, of course, you will discover some strong opinions. The tone of ...

History: the past in the present

A symphony concert. A statue. These artworks of sculpture and music are charged with meaning in the context of war commemorations in Sarajevo today. The music is Haydn’s “God save the Emperor” and the statue is a monument to the assassin who killed the emperor’s heir. If you know anything about the outbreak of the First World War, you might feel a chilly shiver. The tensions live on.  Sarajevo divided in First World War commemorations. Knowledge questions for TOK: To ...

“When will we ever learn?”: the arts and shared knowledge

http://youtu.be/QhnPVP23rzo “The establishment has always been concerned about music,” folk singer Pete Seeger said about his peace and protest songs.  “I’ve quoted Plato for years, who wrote, ‘It’s very important that the wrong kind of music not be allowed in the Republic.’ And I’ve also heard there’s an old Arab proverb, ‘When the king puts the poet on his payroll, he cuts off the tongue of the poet.’ I think they’re both right.” Pete Seeger, who died yesterday at the age of ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD JUNE 2013 part 1

Together with a group of other senior examiners, the chief examiner, the Subject Manager and various other IBDP important assessment people, I have just spent a week in sunny Cardiff, the lively capital city of Wales and home of the IBDP Assessment Centre. It was a busy, interesting, challenging and very productive week. Prior to arrival I wondered how the new digital upload process and the new ‘teacher interview’ process would affect things, but was pleasantly surprised to find everything very much ...

They’re gonna put me in the movies

I was interviewed in the art room yesterday and filmed - believe it or not - by a genuine film crew – camera man, sound guy, lights man, interviewer, gaffer (hi Carlo!) etc. The interview was related to a film being made about our school, to be shown at recruitment fairs. It was unrehearsed and unscripted – nothing like the spontaneous  question and answer session! - and one of the questions was about the arts, and creativity in general in school and ...