Precepts to use in everyday life

1. Think for yourself, 2. Be yourself, 3. Speak up, 4. Feel free to agree and disagree, 5. Be honest with yourself and others, 6. Be open-minded, 7. Avoid being judgmental and 8. Question everything - even your own thinking.

TOK Essay Titles Nov 2017

Friday, July 4, 2008

ToK Website

We're very happy to announce a new ToK website!

Remember the birthdate: Friday July 4th 2008

At present, you'll only be able to access the essay and presentation pages since the other pages are still under construction. But the site should get you thinking about things nicely...

http://ibtokspot.googlepages.com

TOK Presentations

While you ponder which topic you want to base your presentation on, think about the following things (this information is taken from the new TOK website -

http://ibtokspot.googlepages.com/) :

Find a topic that really enthuses you - something you feel strongly about.

It can come from your PERSONAL experiences: do we have need for parents?

Or your SCHOOL experiences: are school education standards being compromised by Academies?

Perhaps from your COMMUNITY: asylum seekers need our care not criminalisation.

The subject can come from a NATIONAL source of concern: do Premiership footballers play for pounds or passion?

Or from an INTERNATIONAL concern: why is the crisis in Iraq taken more seriously than in Burma?

Perhaps from a GLOBAL concern: is the price of petrol a good measurement for the standard of life?

Once you've decided on your topic, find a REAL LIFE example as your base. Next, you need to work out which KNOWLEDGE ISSUES are embedded in the example.


You are strongly advised to AVOID topics you would normally discuss at GCSE level:

* abortion
* euthanasia
* legalisation of cannabis
* drinking age
* vivisection
* animal rights

If you decide to address these topics, please come and have a talk with us (or contribute your questions to this blog) so that we can guide you to bring a TOK element into your presentation. TOK is NOT simply or only about the arguments for and against an ethical issue.

Further ideas for presentations can be found on pages 3-4 here:

http://www.amyscott.com/tokpresentationguide[1].pdf

(Please remember that part of this information sheet is based on old marking criteria, so do not take p. 2 into account!)