Archive for November, 2010

Why Does IB Get Attacked?

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Read a comment posted at Ms. Mercer’s blog at Response to a Comment.

It is not unusual for IB, and TOK in particular, to get attacked.  Read this New York Times article about the opponents of the IB program and explore their website.

Why do they think people are attacking TOK and IB, how does it make you feel, and do you think any of those arguments have any validity?  If you agree with any of them, please say why you do — and it is absolutely fine to say you agree.  If you believe any of the arguments are fallacies, please explain why.

Responding To Ms. Mercer’s Post

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Ms. Mercer has written about her observation of our class yesterday — My Observation of Mr. Ferlazzo’s Theory of Knowledge Class Fall 2010.

Please answer the questions in the comments section of her blog, not here.

Please answer as many of them as you can and demonstrate your best thinking and reflection.  And please be honest….

Third Week Laptop Activity — History

Saturday, November 6th, 2010


Go to Newsy and pick a topic. Watch the news reports from various outlets and countries, and identify the differences you see. Please specifically note elements related to the Ways of Knowing — language, emotion, perception, and reason — and describe the differences in a comment. How might these differences affect how an historian using these reports might describe the topic fifty or one hundred years from today? You will have twenty minutes for this activity.


Go to The Best Tools To Help Develop Global Media Literacy. Explore the different links there. Identify anything you learn that relates to how the Ways of Knowing might affect the work of historians from different parts of the world fifty or one hundred years from today. You will only have fifteen minutes for this activity.

Please write your comment here, and not at that “The Best…” list.