Thursday, January 23, 2014

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53 comments:

  1. Mary
    3A
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  2. Jocelyn N
    3A

    I am commenting on Odunayo’s artwork towards defining the importance of TOK. Through the different pieces of his artwork, I am able to see that TOK creates advocates. It serves as a platform in order for every person to understand the purpose of the beliefs they have and be able to define why it is right to an audience. This could be seen through the various podiums set around the Earth. The words “for the world stage” remind me of a quote from Shakespeare; It states “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. It combines with Odunayo’s artwork by showing that everyone has a role, but disagrees with this quote by showing that those with TOK are able to look outside of the norm. Students who are able to use TOK in daily life aren’t merely players; They create the game, or in this case, the stage.

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    1. Do they create the stage or know that the stage is..... ( I will let you finish)

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  3. Tunji
    3A

    I will be commenting on Ashanti’s and Edwin’s importance of TOK. I like the poem by Ashanti. The way he describes and develops TOK through his poem is reasonable. In his poem, TOK is represents something to be taken advantage of and cherished due to its importance to everyday life. “TOK is you. The culture that infuses. Will help guide your future. TOK speaks truth.” That is my favorite part of my poem. TOK is you and everything around you. There is no hiding from it. It will guide you to do whatever you want to do in the future. A line from his poem I like is, “Teaching you the deepest most obvious secrets of human life.” TOK is not complicated. It is just simple everyday things that are not thought about constantly. TOK goes in depth of these simple everyday things. Now, transitioning to Edwin, I like the drawing he created for the importance of TOK. TOK has been around for a long time. TOK has evolved over time, going more in depth on topics. The time line he made represents the transformation of TOK overtime and the images to go along with the timeline represents how TOK has influenced technology. I also like the part of his image displaying all the main subjects taught in the IB program. All of the subjects taught in IB relate to TOK in some form or fashion. The creations for the importance of TOK by Ashanti and Edwin stuck out to me. Both of their creations helped me understand the value of TOK.

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  4. Obichi
    3A
    By viewing the seniors' responses to the question about the importance of TOK, I was actually able to develop a better understanding of what the course is all about. Edwin and Sagen's drawings really capture the essence of TOK. TOK involves the relationships and connections between different subjects areas, but a big part of TOK is also questions. Questions help students remain active thinkers. Like Blanca explained, the world is evolving at an incredibly fast pace and life is continuously changing. TOK encourages the 21st-century international student to slow down and think about the world around them. It promotes open mindedness and curiosity; it teaches the students to always ask questions. Knowledge is not just knowing that something is right but rather also understanding why it is right. TOK is also thinking outside the box; seeing issues from as many different perspectives as possible. All these are especially important to the 21st century international student because in order to make an impact on the world, one has to thoroughly understand the world, regardless of the rate at which it is progressing.

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    1. Why do we need to slow down and think about the world around us?

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  5. Jocelyn M, 3A

    Esther Ringer's Poem

    “Tok has taught us to think far beyond the horizon
    in fact just like that we sometimes watch the sun set and rise into the sky”



    - Not a great analogy, but I can see the relation that is trying to be built on.

    The gist of everything I received from her poem was that; in life everything is going to be questionable but TOK prepares you for real world experiences and it helps you comprehend how to think of the most impossible scenario becoming reality.


    Ashanti Martinez's Poem


    “Procrastination…. waiting for perfection”
    This was a great way to grab the reader’s attention; having that lingering thought.

    “Finding ways to consume you”
    This stuck out to me because when I read this; I felt a chill, as if AOKs and WOKS were evil and actually trying to dictate the person you are along with TOK.

    I feel like his poem was more like personal and it was better to understand since it spoke about just morals and experiences that one faces in life.

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  6. Asia
    3A
    I liked Edwin's TOK because it shows me that TOK connects everything together. He showed That TOK is applicable to all of the subjects that we take. When he added in the ancient romans, this tells me that you can have a better understanding of the world from past to present all together by applying TOK. The airplane that he drew showed the advancement in technology from B.C until now, which I thought of to be creative.

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  7. Nnedi
    3A


    Viewing the seniors contest entries allowed me to better understand the concept of knowledge and how it is static. It really generates the ideas of determining how and why things happen as well as developing an open minded mindset that beliefs are bound to change over time. I really liked the essay written by Mario that emphasizes the idea that theory of knowledge allows one to accept and consider other viewpoints as it can mold perceptions of others. Although knowledge is ongoing as Blanca said, it promotes critical thinking as well as curiosity. A 21st century international student should be engaged in situations where "why?" is a constant question because technology will continue to advance. In this era, students are quickly able to accept ideas derived from social media and it takes away the meaning of questioning and exploring others points of view. Overall, everyone truly demonstrated the importance of theory of knowledge. Thus, I was able to draw some insight in how this course will not only benefit us and challenges our minds, but also prepare us for the world ahead of us.

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  8. Kelly
    3A
    After looking at many presentations, three significant goals of TOK were shown. These goals include being more open minded, engagement of in-depth thinking, and enhancing arguments. The ending of Kollen's video was very different and personal. She talked about how TOK changed her and many of the things she said were relatable. For example, Kollen mentioned that she had weak explanations and defending skills before taking TOK. Many students can agree with that. Arguing in general is unsatisfactory. Not being able to strongly defend statements is an even greater misfortune. Sagen's drawing of a question mark and what seems to be a "human clock" really makes you think outside the box. Some may see it differently because everyone's thinking is not the same. This is what makes TOK unique and open minded. It makes the person think more in-depth and see others' perceptions to things they might not have thought of themselves. Odunayo's drawing is simple, but straight forward. You can tell what TOK's or rather the IB program's purpose is by looking at his picture. "Preparing culturally competent students for the world stage." TOK is the class that ties everything together. It creates the skeleton to the program. Being open minded is what the "world stage" is. You cannot be ignorant and expect to survive in this world. Not everyone will agree with what you say and that is okay. Esther's poem "To What Extent.." is very inspiring and relatable. "The 21st century you may ask has taught you little and told you so much...TOK on the other hand has done quite the opposite." These two lines are very true. You hear so many things, but you honestly do not know anything about it. TOK is going to teach the reasoning behind things that we might have been ignorant about. In conclusion, the seniors did an excellent job in displaying the importance of TOK and have persuaded me to hopefully enjoy the class.

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    1. "It creates the skeleton of the program" What does your metaphor do for others to understand ToK or does it hinder people from understanding ToK?

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  9. Stanley, 3A
    Commentary on what the seniors say about the importance of TOK
    According to the IB seniors, TOK is an absolutely necessary course to take, not only in accordance with the IB program, but also with accordance to any student enrolled in any school in today’s technological society. TOK as a course creates active, knowledgeable, and global thinkers and questioners, and brings together every course that a student has. The IB seniors have made it clear in their responses that TOK has made them much more critical thinkers. Today’s society is one of great technological advancement, for this reason people’s necessity for critical thinking is dwindling because of pre-analyzed information that is easily available online. However, this will lead to only a society of idiots because critical thinking is the foundation of all learning, change, and discoveries. In Blanca’s entry she speaks on a time when she was talking to engineering major and immediately after hearing his major began to critically analyze the implications of positivity and negativity in being an engineer. She was even surprised to find out he had never thought of these implications himself and he was the major, she accredited this deep thinking to TOK and how it forces you to analyze everything. Juwan’s poem of the blind man walking was the perfect exemplar of a person without the “privilege” of TOK as Ashanti stated. The man whose intelligence is hindered by four walls of ignorance leaving him to follow blindly in the path of those who are wise, TOK creates the thinkers that leave the prescribed path and makes their own while still watching the previous path only to come to conclusions of their own leading to new destinations and sometimes leading to destinations already reached, but not without new and important information therefore becoming one known as wise. This is the main objective and ideology I
    found in all of the entries made by the IB seniors on the importance of TOK.

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  10. Vaskia
    3A
    After Reviewing Meng Chen’s piece on why Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is important to the 21st century international student, she came to the conclusion that without TOK there would be no knowledge, only what we perceive. Through second person she told why Theory of Knowledge was not only important to her but other as well. She starts out talking about the origin of knowledge and how it’s different for everyone. While Theory of knowledge allows one to have new ideas about their prior knowledge after not realizing that “many things are created that hinders our ability”. This stood out to me because people tend to many times not want to let go of things they have learned, they are set in stone. After Theory Knowledge our “Emotion, Reasoning, Faith, Imagination, Intuition, Language, Memory and Sense Perception” should and will be challenged because we should open our minds and bring curiosity to the table. Although we are all different Theory of Knowledge brings everyone together it “creates a whole”. Rather than starting out with the importance of knowledge Esther Risinger poem introduce “To what extent” showing the contradictions that we have learned. Using second person Esther as well as Meng emphasizes the importance of perception and how TOK has shaped and challenges them both. Both Esther Risinger and Meng Cheng have talked about Theory of knowledge holding different people from far nations together as a whole. TOK will impact anyone who is willing to let go of their old perceptions, to let in both unbiased and biased ways that they have never before thought was possible. Theory of Knowledge does the opposite of teaching it allows one to understand what has been taught by, to critiquing, questioning and thinking outside the box.

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    1. Will you be able to let go of your perceptions?

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  12. Jazmine 3A
    Maxwell's poem compared knowledge to a wildfire and explains how knowledge spreads and grows between people. The poem also states that the theory of knowledge initiated knowledge. The message I got from his poem was that the theory of knowledge was the match that started the wildfire, which is knowledge. In Juwan's poem, it focuses more on ignorance and how it hinders a person's knowledge. The message i got from his poem was that ignorance blurs a person's knowledge and ability to gain knowledge and truth. I think the theory of knowledge course is learning about the different factors that contribute to and affect one's knowledge.

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    1. What hinders your knowledge? What aids in your knowledge?

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  14. Ashley
    3A
    Reading from the IB seniors on their responses to the importance of Theory of Knowledge to a 21st century student I now recognize the crucial importance of this class, and partially on what it means. It is not just a philosophical class, or just a type of psychology, but a very abstract class that can be interpreted in various ways. It is a class that can be applied anywhere you go, it affects the perceptions on how, and why the world works. It will address the black and white, then try to sensitize your biases, expose you to the grey areas, and build your perceptions backup in a new resolve. It creates awareness of our surroundings, and pushes us to ask questions, that we would never blatantly think of asking. These questions would lead us into a new area of understanding, and curiosity. This class would not only aid us academically, but also in our daily lives. It will help us see the wide range of possibilities, the good, and the bad. Like in Blancas response, she stated that technology is a good revolutionary thing, but it is not always good, it impairs our social interactions with one another. It does help us communicate with one another quicker, more efficiently, and with people internationally. Current technology is very convenient, and today’s society only sees it as a positive thing. Theory of knowledge would not only cover that, but also why is or could technology be bad as well. It could negatively affect of social interactions, and our relationships towards family, and one another. We could discover pros and cons, and ask ourselves questions that others are too brainwashed to ask. It will help us from being sucked into the manipulation of the media and the ‘social norm’. It will create curiosity towards others, and a decline of judgement. In Ya-Marie’s analysis she stated that now she asks herself questions, about why people think what they think, and what is the source of their perception, where is it from, and why does it influence them. This opens as new light, is ignorance taught? Is it influenced? Are we subconsciously retaining ignorance through the media without us even knowing? Having Theory of Knowledge, questions like these develops, and it is questions like these that help us develop a new understanding of the world we live in, it helps us recognize the imperfections, and the different point of views of others. Theory of Knowledge is a class that will differentiate between a standard scholar to a well rounded academic scholar.

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    1. Define standard scholar and well-rounded scholar please.

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  15. Jemuel
    3A
    From what I read, it seems that what I was thinking TOK was going to be is wrong. Before I saw what the seniors said, I realized that Theory of Knowledge is going to be different from Psychology which was what I was expecting. It seems that TOK is going to be purely based on human knowledge and its importance. This class will discuss how knowledge grows and it's limitations, opposed to psychology which discusses how human minds think. The seniors did a great job in expressing the importance of Theory of Knowledge and how it ties all of the IB classes together and other academic subject areas. Their responses showed that they learned the importance of learning through this class and how we must not remain ignorant of the knowledge that is going on around us. But with that, you also have to question everything. You have to learn how to question the world around you and information that is given to you.Theory of Knowledge teaches you how to become a better thinker, learner, and a better student of this world.

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    1. Jemuel
      3A
      Commenting on Cynthia's and Paola's
      From what I read, it seems that what I was thinking TOK was going to be is wrong. Before I saw what the seniors said, I realized that Theory of Knowledge is going to be different from Psychology which was what I was expecting. It seems that TOK is going to be purely based on human knowledge and its importance. This class will discuss how knowledge grows and it's limitations, opposed to psychology which discusses how human minds think. The seniors did a great job in expressing the importance of Theory of Knowledge and how it ties all of the IB classes together and other academic subject areas. Their responses showed that they learned the importance of learning through this class and how we must not remain ignorant of the knowledge that is going on around us. But with that, you also have to question everything. You have to learn how to question the world around you and information that is given to you.Theory of Knowledge teaches you how to become a better thinker, learner, and a better student of this world.

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  16. Abigail Moore
    3A
    There seems to be a theme in the seniors work that TOK gives students the tools to succeed and become knowledgeable. The seniors view this knowledge as a privilege that they don't think many people have. An example of this can be found in Shaunakay Stewart's poem. The first stanza says "Not everyone is lucky enough To critically see the world In the lens we see Privileged." Another theme found throughout the seniors work was of broadening horizons and seeing deeper into the meaning behind human life and existence. It is apparent to me that TOK is seen as an important asset that allows people to see beyond that they hold to be true and to gain understanding of different viewpoints that they may otherwise reject. I agree with both of these views. Knowledge is power, although I wouldn't go so far as to imply that only a handful of people have enough wisdom to make informed decisions, and one does learn to understand more about the world through understanding different viewpoints.

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  17. Sunny
    3A

    The seniors say that TOK is important to everyone. TOK allows everyone to be open-minded and seeing the world in different ways. "TOK is YOU"

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  18. Adriana 3A

    I really like that some of their responses were in poems because some of them were kind of lengthy. The poems got straight to the point so I could get the gist of what TOK is about without having to read several paragraphs. They talk about having an open mind and that the class was a good experience. This makes me a little bit more optimistic about the class because maybe I'll enjoy myself and actually learn something that I can use in the real world.

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  19. Catherine O.
    3A

    After reading and hearing what the seniors had to say about the importance of TOK, I agree immensely with their views. Based on their views, I see TOK as being a course that helps students grow into intellectual, receptive, and potent beings. I can see how TOK is the glue in IB. In most IB courses, you learn the knowledge of math, reading, writing, science and the environment. In TOK, you learn how to use the knowledge you got from those courses and apply it to the real world. I found what Blanca Villeda had to say in her paper extremely valid about the importance of TOK. She provided an in-depth and clear explanation of the importance of TOK and why students need the course. It’s true that a person’s confidence and ability to think and indulge in different ideas may get lost as a result of technology. This may be why many people see some technology as a bad thing. Bianca explains how TOK uses technology for a good thing to change the student into becoming a confident person who is not afraid to open their minds to life’s different views. I liked how she used quotes from Albert Einstein and Spider Man. It added a relatable and warm tone to her whole essay. I also liked the poem by Meng Chen. She explained why TOK is important and what it does for us. She answered the question and more through only a few amounts of words. She talked about sense perceptions, an important part of TOK, and I liked that she ended her poem with an obscure meaning. After reading her poem I understood how TOK can aid us in the 21st century and how we use it on a daily basis.

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  20. Telani
    3A
    Throughout the response of the seniors, they say that TOK makes them question “why and how do we know something”. TOK is the center of the entirety of the IB classes and isn't only used for the IB exams. TOK helps for the future examination of the student’s life. One student believes that they class should be offered to all kinds of students and not just centered for IB students. When learning about TOK, it allows people to be more open minded and helps create one’s own opinion. The class also allows the student to be better rounded for jobs and colleges they wish to apply.

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    1. Throughout the response of the seniors, they say that TOK makes them question “why and how do we know something”. George views TOK as the center of the entirety of the IB classes and isn't only used for the IB exams. He believes that TOK helps for the future examination of the student’s life. TOK can be applied to life situations that can be analyzed. The IB classes different way of knowledge to fully understand the text. With TOK, it helps the student have the ability to use the lessons in their classes and have a broad set of understanding. The class help the students change other people's perception of knowledge. The various ways of learning can be projected into other people's life's when moving on. Ya-Marie believes that the class should be offered to all kinds of students and not just centered for IB students. TOK should used by all and the students learning shouldn't be the only ones sending out the message. Though there are students not in IB, AP students and Honor students should have the chance to learn about the class. Ya-Marie says learning about TOK, it allows people to be more open minded and helps create one’s own opinion. Being open minded came be formed and firmed in this class with its abstract thinking. It forces the students to leave their basic understanding and forces them to expand on the issues. TOK can change the way people think and effectively change their mind.

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  21. Sasha
    3A

    It looks like the seniors put a lot of time and thought into their TOK assignments. The creativity and different mediums they used helped emphasize how TOK helped them, it emphasized their creativity and broadened minds. Before looking, I thought that it was going to be just another essay but instead you were shown a different side of thinking that is not often shown, which I think sums up a large part of what TOK is meant to be about.

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  22. Jesus
    Period 3A
    The comments the seniors made about the importance of TOK to me was understandable. They gave examples that relate to the outside world, how knowledge is explained, mostly is it to be open minded. The seniors well explained themselves and showed how TOK was important to them. TOK allows one to think outside of the box, to go more in depth of what they believe in. It gives a challenge to students to question about themselves in reality, what knowledge is actually about and how the world tests their knowledge. TOK seems to expand thinking based on how students apply themselves into this course. There are ways where students can learn about knowledge itself with critical thinking being encouraged, from the Ways of knowing and the Areas of knowledge. The way the seniors explained how TOK is a life lesson, also having different perceptions on one thing and how one may have different viewpoints from another. This makes me think that TOK is a big course where you have to comprehend what you are learning, to see that knowledge is more than what it is. The seniors all had different opinions and thoughts about TOK, some were similar some were different, mostly everyone had their own way on how they saw how TOK was important to them.

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    1. Jesus
      3A
      The comments the seniors made about the importance of TOK to me was understandable. They gave examples that relate to the outside world, how knowledge is explained, mostly is it to be open minded. For example, Blanca said in her TOK assignment said “Theory of knowledge is a class that teaches students about these implications, it forces the student to get out of the box, to think and indulge in different ideas, different perspectives and the problem with their current mindset.” This tells me that TOK is more about expressing yourself of what you believe in, there is more to think of, it takes more than just a simple answer to explain yourself, you have to be able to support yourself with evidence and ideas. In Kolleen’s video, one of the seniors she asked for why is TOK important to them, that senior said “TOK is basically a life lesson that is never ending, it just always goes with you.” To me, this made me understand more clearly that not only does TOK apply to the class, but it can be applied to the outside world in which you experience, everybody has different perceptions, you just have to see what you believe in and what you see in the world. TOK to me means that we need to have an open mind set about the things we here or learn about, to create our own opinions of what we believe is true, everybody thinks differently on what they see in the world. This makes me think that TOK is a big course where you have to comprehend what you are learning, to see that knowledge is more than what it is.

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  23. Uchechi
    3A

    Through various essays, poems, illustrations, and videos, the senior class did a good job at explaining the importance of Theory of Knowledge. However, Blanca Villeda and Sagen Kidane’s work stood out most to me. Blanca did a great job at emphasizing how much technology has changed the lives of an average 21st century student and has exceeded our human communications. Technology comprises of power and is essential for students to recognize their limits and boundaries when it comes to technology. Don’t get me wrong, technology is a great invention when used in moderation. In relevance, many students are too dependent on technology. This deteriorates and clouds their ability to think creatively on their own. Fortunately, the Theory of Knowledge class allows students to critically think, engage in diverse ideas and perspectives, unite all of the IB subject areas, question the role of knowledge in the world, become attentive in society, and increases their knowledge, as well as depth and insight. Because this is all done with the current mindset of the student, students are not reliant on technology and their cell phones. With this in mind, I challenge myself and others to think thoughtfully without technological thinking.

    Sagen did a great job at illustrating why Theory of Knowledge is important to the 21st century international student through an illustration. In the illustration, I witness a person on a clock and a question mark. There are various ways to interpret his work. I sense that the question mark depicts that in Theory of Knowledge, students must be able to think critically and question the uncertain world we live in by implementing the Ways of Knowing (WOKs): Sense Perception, Reason, Emotion, Language, Memory, Imagination, Authority and/or the Areas of Knowledge (AOKs): Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Ethics, Arts, History, and Mathematics to form their own profound knowledge. I reason that the person on the clock exemplifies that being immune to the WOK’s and AOK’s under any circumstance is vital because one can easily lose themselves in this changing world and fast pacing time that waits for no one. Although Sagen’s work was great, he could have left a description for his illustration.

    Overall, it is safe to say that I have established why Theory of Knowledge is important to the 21st century international student.

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    1. Why do you need a description? The artwork is subject to the interpretation of you the viewer.

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  24. Ephraim
    3A
    Theory of Knowledge is not only a course that is a part of the IB Program, but it is meant for people to really wonder about why and how we know something. Theory of Knowledge is important because in an everyday changing world, the people need to gain knowledge on how they can make better decisions. For example, in the 21st century, it is important for people to think outside of the box, or else technology will eventually control human beings. Theory of Knowledge helps can offer up ideas to help us to think in different perspectives and viewpoints and also to look at the pros and cons of what our mindset may believe or imagine. It is also important because it can make the difference between a leader and a follower. The more leaders the world has, the better the world can move forward. Sometimes humans do not apply the knowledge that they have to help benefit the world. So, Theory of Knowledge can also be important in helping us to apply our knowledge not only to benefit the world, but also not to get sucked in to what the media says as the truth. Another reason why TOK is important is because people can believe that their mind has limits, but that should never be the case. Theory of Knowledge is supposed to expand our minds. Finally, the importance of TOK is to link all of the different subjects together and really analyze our knowledge.

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    1. Ephraim
      3A
      Theory of Knowledge is not only a course that is a part of the IB Program, but it is meant for people to really wonder about why and how we know something. Based off of what Blanca said, Theory of Knowledge is important because in an everyday changing world, the people need to gain knowledge on how they can make better decisions. For example, in the 21st century, it is important for people to think outside of the box, or else technology will eventually control human beings. Theory of Knowledge helps can offer up ideas to help us to think in different perspectives and viewpoints and also to look at the pros and cons of what our mindset may believe or imagine. Based off of what Cynthia said, TOK is also important because it can make the difference between a leader and a follower. The more leaders the world has, the better the world can move forward. Sometimes humans do not apply the knowledge that they have to help benefit the world. So, Theory of Knowledge can also be important in helping us to apply our knowledge not only to benefit the world, but also not to get sucked in to what the media says as the truth. Another reason why TOK is important is because people can believe that their mind has limits, but that should never be the case. Theory of Knowledge is supposed to expand our minds. Finally, the importance of TOK is to link all of the different subjects together and really analyze our knowledge.

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  25. Fitsume
    3A

    Going through the IB seniors’ opinions on the importance of TOK, from my understanding I think Blanca Villeda words it best. She says “it forces the student to get out of the box, to think and indulge in different ideas,different perspectives ,and the problems with their current mindset.” This ties in all aspects of what TOK should be teaching students such as thinking, empathy, and straying away from the common mindsets. I believe and hope we gain these abilities to think abstractly and create a bridge between humans in a manner that helps us communicate better. The seniors all have an understanding of these things and the way they all express it differently shows that TOK is more than just a class, but more of a gateway to open up new possibilities for communication.


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  26. Fitsume
    3A

    As Charles Rozario says “The Knower has infinite scope recognizing the biases of their own perspective.” From my understanding of this line from his poem he believes “The Knower” has a wide range of sights and possibilities. But “The Knower” is tainted by his own perspective or his own logic which seems to have created a roadblock which limits his scope. From what I understand TOK is meant to break this roadblock so that the scope may be able to get wider and expand to greater horizons. And this line also lets the reader know anyone can have an opinion but not everyone sees through others perspectives.

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  27. Rebeca
    3A
    The seniors where asked to answer “Why is Theory of Knowledge important to the 21st century international student?” I was able to read several poems a couple essays and view great art work. All interpreted what TOK was or did for them. Knowledge was defined in several and different representations. Most view it as an important aspect in all students. For all knowledge can come from everywhere. Others explained what this class offered and what topics were discussed in depth such as "Emotion, Reasoning, Faith, Imagination, Intuition,Language, Memory and Sense Perception". Overall the seniors agreed that TOK is very important for a 21st century student.

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  28. Jennifer
    3A

    Blanca Villeda successfully answers the question “Why is theory of knowledge important to the 21st century international student?” Blanca uses personal experience, such as the observations she has made throughout the conversations she has with her friends, and the way she views society. Blanca develops an argumentative tone as she continues to construct her answer. In the answer, she clearly states how Theory of Knowledge has helped her develop thinking skills. One of the goals of Theory of Knowledge is to not only to consider the positive aspects of certain things, but the negatives as well. Blanca supported this statement by stating the positive effects of technology and the negative effects as well. She also demonstrates how she has taken advantage of the course as an IB student. Throughout the process, she uses the example of technology in order to prove her point. The answer given by Blanca argues that technology is what is making other students to not think critically. Blanca also presents a strong ending in her answer. However, other examples could be included as well, such as how other courses differ from theory of knowledge. Moreover, a few grammatical errors are present as well. Paragraphs are not indented, and some words were repeated more than once in the same phrase. Overall, the central idea of the answer is to prove that Theory of knowledge is a successfully benefits students into thinking “outside the box” and it helps them become less dependent on technology. I believe this idea was successfully proven, and it can be improved as well.

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    1. Jennifer
      3A

      Blanca Villeda successfully answers the question “Why is theory of knowledge important to the 21st century international student?” Blanca uses personal experience, such as the observations she has made throughout the conversations she has with her friends, and the way she views society. Blanca develops an argumentative tone as she continues to construct her answer. In the answer, she clearly states how Theory of Knowledge has helped her develop thinking skills. One of the goals of Theory of Knowledge is to not only to consider the positive aspects of certain things, but the negatives as well. Blanca supported this statement by stating the positive effects of technology and the negative effects as well. She also demonstrates how she has taken advantage of the course as an IB student. Throughout the process, she uses the example of technology in order to prove her point. The answer given by Blanca argues that technology is what is making other students to not think critically. Blanca also presents a strong ending in her answer. However, other examples could be included as well, such as how other courses differ from theory of knowledge. Moreover, a few grammatical errors are present as well. Paragraphs are not indented, and some words were repeated more than once in the same phrase. Overall, the central idea of the answer is to prove that Theory of knowledge successfully benefits students into thinking “outside the box” and it helps them become less dependent on technology. I believe this idea was successfully proven, and it can be improved as well.
      Another student that also asses the same question is Ya-Marie Sesay. Just like Blanca, Ya-Marie Sesay attempts to prove that the TOK course has positively impacted their academic progress, and their views. Ya-Marie’s answer presents evidence that indicates how Theory of Knowledge has helped her with critical thinking. Also, she explains how taking this course benefits a student and helps them develop the qualities that colleges are looking for. However, Ya-Marie needs to include more evidence of how this course benefits a student from the 21st century. I believe background should be given of how students might of interpret situations in the past and compare them to how students from the 21st century interpret them; this could have been done by using an example, just like Blanca did. Ya-Marie has a clear understanding of how Theory of Knowledge has benefitted her academically; however, she fails to answer to answer the question completely. Colleges have always looked for students with open minds, and she needs to state what from today’s society is stopping students from having an open mind, and then state how Theory of Knowledge may come in handy. Moreover, Ya-Marie has structured the response correctly, and no misspellings or grammatical errors were spotted.

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  30. Constance
    3A
    Based on the IB seniors' input, theory of knowledge is about becoming more aware of the what is happening in the world and acting on the knowledge acquired through such inquiries.

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    1. Based on the IB seniors' input, theory of knowledge is about becoming more aware of the what is happening in the world and acting on the knowledge acquired through such inquiries. For example, Charles poem pointed out how dull the world is until you think and question how it works and what is going on. Then, the your world becomes vast and filled with new opportunities to do what you think is worthwhile along with other new things you might come across as a result of broadening your scope that you also find worthwhile. In addition, Ganiu points out how the theory of knowledge links all of the areas of knowledge and ways of knowing together through a quest to rid one's self of ignorance. The wide variety of views and perspectives that are evoked as a result innovates the ways in which we use knowledge to govern our lives.

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  31. Alyssa
    3A
    Commenting on Cynthia's
    Before this assignment tok was Just tok, another class. I didn’t really get what exactly tok really was, and I’m still not too sure if I do. But I feel that this post really helped me to better understand what tok really is and how important it is. In Ib we take all these classes and tok is what really brings them together. I believe it’s supposed to help us see connections that can be made from all our different classes. It’s important because it encourages you to really think about your classes and the knowledge you gain from them and how you can use that knowledge in your life.

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    1. Alyssa,3A
      Commenting on Cynthia's
      Before this assignment tok was Just tok, another class. I didn’t really get what exactly tok really was, and I’m still not too sure if I do. But I feel that this post really helped me to better understand what tok really is and how important it is. Cynthia says “providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas.” I think that means in Ib we take all these classes and tok is what really brings them together. I believe it’s supposed to help us see connections that can be made from all our different classes. Cynthia also says “demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.” I think what she is saying it that it is important because it encourages you to really think about your classes and the knowledge you gain from them and how you can use that knowledge in your life.

      Commenting Maxwell’s
      I agree with Maxwells poem. It makes me think of this song by Paramore called let the flames begin. He talks about how knowledge can be the trigger to a wildfire. He says “next time someone asked you how that massive wildfire started, tell them it was the theory of knowledge.” And I totally agree with him when it comes to knowledge being a medium to ignite massive flames because knowledge is power and when the wind blows the flames will only get bigger and who know how far they will spread

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  32. Akorede, 3A
    Commentary on what the seniors say about the importance of TOK.

    Reading what the seniors said the importance of TOK was allowed me to understand exactly what TOK is or an idea of what TOK is. Now I know TOK is basically the whole idea behind knowledge. How we come to know what we know, factors that come into that affect what we know. While reading the seniors report on the importance of TOK I stumbled upon a quote “TOK provides a foundation to the whys” from this I started to question knowledge and some things around me since this seniors did a great job in instilling me in to questioning and wanting to understand “the whys” of several things however based on almost all the reports read, TOK is what helps people understand what we do and why we do it whether its based on bias, experience, or emotions etc.

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    1. Akorede, 3A

      Commentary on what the seniors say about the importance of TOK.

      Reading Ashanti Martinez’s report helped me realize TOK does not have a concrete definition however I find my self to have definition of TOK through Blanca Vileda reports by deriving that TOK is basically the whole idea behind knowledge. How we come to know what we know, factors that come into that affect what we know. While reading Blanca Vileda’s report on the importance of TOK I stumbled upon a quote “TOK provides a foundation to the whys” I found this interesting because when one has the foundation of the whys they will be able to evolve further in a more intellectual way and will be able to be more cautious about one’s surroundings and question everything and never accepting something so casually or without doubt. Blanca Vileda’s helped me understand the importance of TOK in the 21st century and how it may help society become cautious about themselves and what is around them because it “helps a person draw their own conclusions” as Blanca says. Furthermore Ashanti Martinez had a different approach by writing a poem and by showing TOK’s importance in a different way. He does not give or tell me a concrete definition however he did explain why it is important to the 21st centaury. Ashanti defines TOK as a guide to my future and telling me it speaks truth and even telling me it is me! Therefore Ashanti tells me the importance of TOK in the 21st century and states that “TOK teaches us the secrets to human life” and “that it is culture” therefore I presume or think TOK is culture and it should be very important to the 21st century since in today’s society culture is very important to a persons personality makeup and more. In addition Ashanti tells the reader to cherish TOK because it is a privilege however I do not see TOK as a privilege through his report however when I read Blanca’s report it showed me why TOK may be considered a privilege.

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  34. Lashawnda Bynum
    3A

    Commentary on what the seniors say about the importance of TOK

    Based on the senior's representation of TOK, they defined it as a gateway to furthered freedom of expression. As described, it is a tool to enforce students to leave their comfort zone, a floor for cultural boundaries to merge, where past, present, and future meet, a microscope for undefined theories, and a grounding for new, and innovative knowledge that is applicable to a variety of concepts. This was seen through the variety of writing styles, artworks, quotes, provoking thoughts, and conclusive ideas. All of which, was implemented by all, but specifically, Blanca and Odunayo. Two of which distinctively categorize the meaning of TOK through their voice of opinion and previous knowledge from the class, knowing what insight it brought to them. Blanca's gave the importance through the way she incorporated the idea of the 21st century International student, and the theory of knowledge in the same context. Considering this day in age, where technology is everything and anything, the aspect of TOK is what aspires the new challenges we meet everyday and ways to solve them, from complaining about daily tasks to finding them in the ordinary app. TOK lets us think beyond solving them with an ordinary app, but let us think beyond our wildest dreams in the society of whereing our solutions lead to more solutions, answers and questions, a never ending cycle of the active mindset that applys the theory of knowledge to a significant reality of our society. Whereing we never stop learning, thinking, and or questioning ourselves for the next day or of what's right in front of us. In that, Blanca has envisioned TOK's importance as an innovation for our mind's and identity in society, if we want to go beyond society's perks and benefits to the small things and let our minds be open to the bigger ideas and fantasies. With this in mind, i found Blanca defining TOK's importance as a foundation for a variety of ideas and individuals to come together and merge without the fear of being judged, a place where freedom is expressed in more than just a textbook but as to what you think and how your personal values and previous concieved notions come across as to others; yet applying it to a society where disagreement is a factor of expression. This was further implemented, through the way she defined technology as a great power but can used to drive a new advantage already designed for us, if we open up our minds to see the problems we have around us, use our imagination, and our identity ourselves as the 21st century international student, we would practically have a whole other world within our minds. In that, TOK provides us with tools to tap our inner creativity and societal self. Odunayo has demonstrated a sketch of a globe with stages that centered each part of the world, in addition to a quote mentioning "Preparing" and "Culturally competent students for the world stage." In that, it immediately spoke global bound, whereing not only does TOK provide new innovative ways to impact locally but globally, seeking the issues that don't surround us. Globally, helping us be the next Albert Einstein in Africa or the next Jane Goodall in Europe, becoming leaders of the world's most innovate solutions and ideas, teaching others to induce more questions and theories to have more solutions. In that so, Odunayo brought attention to the most important aspect of TOK, culture, the center of where new ideas originate because of how individuals lived once before, making it better. Together both Blanca and Odunayo brought the importance of TOK to a whole other level with the use of cultural identity and the foundation of an open mind.

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Thanks for posting!!

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