ToK 12

ToK After the presentations

As a result of our afterschool hours in March, we earned enough time to cancel all but one of the classes in April. We will meet in April only on Tuesday, April 5 for a bagel day and some housekeeping activities. Because these activities include some madatory IB paperwork, it is important that you all be here. See you at 7:00 on Tuesday!

Class will resume in May on days that you do not have an AP or IB exam. May class meetings will be study hall.

Please Submit the electronic version of your ToK Presentation Planning and Progress Form to be via email no later than 6:00 PM Wednesday, April 6. Please make sure you have updated to the most recent version of acrobat before completing. If there are problems with your form, I will ask you to come by on Friday.

 

Week of March 21

Presentations - meet in D210 by 3:10 PM on Tuesday through Thursday. No class in the morning. Unexcussed absences must be made up.

Day

1st presentation

2nd presentation

3rd presentation

March 22

Blomgren, Rivera, Sanchez

Banaag. Hussaini

March 23

Buske, Muhammadi

Peterson, Wong, Huynh

March 24

Caparas

Joseph N, Anoop

Sese, Matthew N

 

Week of March 14

Presentations - meet in D210 by 3:10 PM on Tuesday through Thursday. No class in the morning. Unexcussed absences must be made up.

Schedule:

Day

1st presentation

2nd presentation

3rd presentation

March 15

Darren N

Chen C, Adapa, Eter

March 16

Contreras

Raniwala

Muno, Indran, Ortiz

March 17

Briseno, Bedoy, Gakhal

Ward, Chen E

Week of March 7

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To work on the presentations
  • Review of Presentation requirements
  • Presentation group work time

Paper PE PPF - due March 8 and Prescribed essay for IB submission (hard copy only) - due today;

Paper Presentation Planning Document/Final statement of RWS and central KQ - due March 10

Electronic Submission deadline for Final PE (IB) - Friday by 4 PM;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Thursday To work on the presentations
  • Presentation group work time

Prescribed essay #2 - due Thursday;

Paper PE PPF - due March 8;

Prescribed essay for IB submission (hard copy only) - due March 8;

Paper Presentation Planning Document - due March 10;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Week of February 29

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To Finish the ethics presentations
  • Ethics presentations
  • Work time - presentations

Prescribed essay #2 - due Thursday;

Paper PE PPF - due March 8;

Prescribed essay for IB submission (hard copy only) - due March 8;

Paper Presentation Planning Document - due March 10;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Thursday To work on presentations
  • Return Prescribed essays
  • Presentation work time
  • Mrs.Sorgent explains on-line submission of ToK assessments

Paper PE PPF - due March 8;

Prescribed essay for IB submission - due March 8;

Paper Presentation Planning Document - due March 10;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Week of February 22

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the second PE
  • Prescribed essay discussion
  • IB DipCan Questionnaire

Prescribed essay #2 - due Thursday;

Paper PE PPF - due March 3;

Prescribed essay for IB submission - due March 8;

Paper Presentation Planning Document - due March 10;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Thursday To discuss the extent ethical theories can lead to shared knowledge
  • Finish ethics presentations

Paper PE PPF - due March 3;

Prescribed essay for IB submission - due March 8;

Paper Presentation Planning Document - due March 10;

Week of March 14 - Presentations begin (after-school D210)

Week of February 15

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To assess ethics as an Area of Knowedge
  • Ethics presentations 1,3,5,6

Week of February 15 - Ethics presentations;

February 18 - Scaffolded PE Planning form due for second PE;

February 26 - Second PE due

Thursday To assess ethics as an Area of Knowedge
  • Ethics presentations 2,4,7,8

Week of February 15 - Ethics presentations;

February 26 - Second PE due

 

Week of February 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss Levinas' obligation of the self to the other
  • Ethics panel assignment
  • Small group discussion - Levinas
    • What is Levinas' overall argument?
    • Identify the crucial elements of this argument and explain how they work together. You should identify at least five elements.
  • Class discussion - Levinas

Week of February 15 - Ethics presentations;

February 16 - Presentation group composition, KQ and RWS proposal due;

February 18 - Scaffolded PE Planning form due for second PE;

February 26 - Second PE due

Thursday To prepare for ethics presentations
  • Housekeeping
    • IA presentation review
    • Ethics presentation dates/support materials/rubric
    • Questions on PE
  • Ethics presentations preparation time

Week of February 15 - Ethics presentations;

February 16 - Presentation group composition, KQ and RWS proposal due;

February 18 - Scaffolded PE Planning form due for second PE;

February 26 - Second PE due

Week of February 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To assess the extent to which ethics is simply a matter of perspective
  • In the Fall PEs many people who wrote about ethics as an Area of Knowledge indicated that ethical perspectives were always a matter of personal perspective. In you notes, answer the following questions:
    • To what extent do you believe this is true? Explain.
    • If you believe this is more true than not, where does this leave ethics as an AoK? Can it stand beside the other AoKs we have studied as an equally valid Area of Knowledge?
    • If you don’t believe this is true, what are the possible bases for ethical knowledge that is not based on personal perspective? Explain.
  • Ethics situations questionnaire
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ethics as perspective: Relativism and subjectivism

February 16 - Presentation group composition, KQ and RWS proposal due;

February 18 - Scaffolded PE Planning form due for second PE;

February 26 - Second PE due

Thursday To understand the major objective ethical theories
  • Happy Square day!!
  • Finish tally chart
  • Lecture/Discussion - Theories of ethical objectivism

Ethics presentations begin - Thursday, February 11;

Read and annotate Levinas article - Due Tuesday, February 9

February 16 - Presentation group composition, KQ and RWS proposal due;

February 18 - Scaffolded PE Planning form due for second PE;

February 26 - Second PE due

Week of January 25

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday Should art be held to/judged by ethical standards?
  • TODAY'S DISCUSSION DEAL WITH ART, THE QUALITY OF ART AND THE ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS OF ARTISTS. IT IT NOT A CONVERSATION ABOUT FREE EXPRESSION. THE RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION OF IDEAS IS A BASIC ASSUMPTION OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM (EVEN FOR OFFENSIVE IDEAS).
  • "Artists, like Human and natural scientists, ought to be subject to basic ethical principles in the production of their work." To what extent do you agree (10 = Absolute agreement, 1 = absolute disagreement?) Line up and form groups with people of similar mind as your self. In groups, answer the following:
    • What are the ethical obligations of artists? List and describe two principles by which you believe artists should guide their work.
    • Examining each of the three examples from the reading, plus the Maya Lin piece, to what extent is each good art? To what extent does each further or inhibit the production of knowledge?
  • Discussion of art and ethics articles
Read and annotate the Picasso article, then identify one work of art from your own experience (not from class, but can be any medium) through which you can explain the meaning of the quote provided in class from the reading
Thursday To discuss the Picasso article
  • Journal - in small groups:
    1. What are Picasso’s arguments about the nature of art? Identify as many as you can.
    2. How does this argument distinguish art from other ways of knowing? Explain.
    3. Identify quote from the document that your group finds particularly meaningful or intriguing. Be prepared to explore this quote before the class.
    4. What KQ are raised by this article?
  • Discuss/debate Picasso article

Week of January 18

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the major theories of Aesthetics
  • Journal (in small groups) - What is Tolstoy's definition of art? What does he maintain is not art? According to Tolstoy, what is the function of art as an area of knoweldge?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Aesthetic theories
  • Discuss Tolstoy
Maya Lin Q's - Due Thursday
Thursday To apply the aesthetic theories discussed on Tuesday to the analysis of Maya Lin's Vietnam Veteran's memorial
  • Lecture/Discussion - Aesthetic theory (finish)
  • Small group/journal: Based on the Aesthetic theories, discussion questions 3,5,9, the video and the photos provided in the links below, discuss with a small group how you would assess Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial both with the additions from the compromise and without. Is this work great art? By what standard? Your group should develop and write a 100-150 word review of the piece based on your discussions. Your review must reference at least one of the aesthetic theories discussed in class. The thesis of the review should be that the wall (and additions) either is or is not a great work of art. The thesis must be well-justified.
  • Wikipedia entry for VVM (excellent pictures), Information on the wall and its design at VVMF website
  • Discussion is the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial great art? By what standard?
Read and annotate art and ethics articles - Tuesday, January 26

Week of January 11

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the major theories of Aesthetics
  • Finish "Is it Art?" Activity
  • Lecture/discussion - Aesthetic theories
  • Sub instructions
Thursday To apply the theories of Aesthetics to a work of art
  • Substitute
  • Maya Lin video
Video response template - Due Tuesday, January 19

Week of January 4

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the dates and details for the second semester and the formal IB requirements for ToK
  • Welcome back!
  • Grade update and Fall PEs
  • Spring Semester schedule
  • Key dates and deadlines
  • Official forms
  • Field trip?
  • Journal - What are the essential characteristics of art? What is not art?
Thursday To ask the question, "What is art and by what means might we judge it?"
  • What is art? Activity
  • Brainstorm discussion
Read and annotate Tolstoy document - Tuesday, January 12

Week of December 6

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extent to which religion and science are in conflict
  • Journal: Examine the statistics presented on the presentation slide. What accounts for the differences? What KQ arise out of this disparity? how should competing knowledge claims between areas of Knowledge be handled?
  • Read the article on intelligent design - Should intelligent design be taught along with the theory of evolution in High School science classes?
  • Discussion - How should public schools handle conflicting knowledge claims made by different AoKs? What has been your experience in school?
  • Class discussion
PE Final draft - Due Thursday, December 17
Thursday To understand theories of religious language
  • Journal: Given the Monotheistic definition of God as all; powerful, all knowing and all good, is it possible to describe God in words? Explain your answer.
  • Lecture/Discussion - religious language
  • Questions regarding the fall PE
PE Final draft - Due Thursday, December 17

Week of November 30

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the conflict between religious puralism and religious exclusivism
  • Journal - What KQ does the opening activity pose for RKS?
  • Turn in PE Drafts (I will accept them through today - the draft is optional)
  • Lecture/Discussion - The problem of religious diversity
  • Journal - How might material from this unit be used in the PE?

Today is the last day to submit PE drafts for written criticism;

PE Final draft - Due Thursday, December 17

Thursday To understand the relationship between religion and science
  • PE Comments
  • Lecture discussion - Context for the scopes trial
  • Watch video clip - Inherit the Wind
  • Lecture/Dicsussion - Religion and science
PE Final draft - Due Thursday, December 17

Week of December 13

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To define art and discuss its purpose
  • Finish - Is it art? activity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Theories of art
PE Final draft - Due Thursday, December 17
Thursday
  • No class (Remember to bring your Final PE)

Week of November 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand different approaches to the KQ posed by religious diversity
  • Journal - Read the Kierkegaard excerpt. Highlight the passage that you think most captures the nature of faith, or, the passage with which you most disagree. Be prepared to explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Faith and religious diversity
Bring materials to work on fall PE
Thursday
  • Substitute
  • Work day for Fall PE

 

Week of November 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To examine the extent to which logic provides inisght into religion
  • Journal: What is the problem of evil? Does it logically disprove the eixistence of God? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Logical proofs of the existence/non-existence of God
  • Journal: Can we know God through logic?
Thursday To Understand the nature of Faith as a way of knowing
  • Journal/In small groups: 1) What is faith? 2) In what ways does it differ from reason? 3) What is the balance between faith and reason in religious knowledge systems?
  • Discuss journal
  • Faith reading and discussion
    • Does Abraham act ethically?
    • What is the dividing line between faith and fanatacism?
    • Based on the Kierkegaard reading, what is the role of reason in religious belief? Explain.

Week of November 3

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the implications of the Wilkinson video and the Sandel document
  • Journal - 1) Are there laws of economics? 2) To what extent are these laws normative as well as descriptive? (identify examples from the sources), 3) How would Bastiat, Sandel and Wilkinson answer these questions differently? 4) What implications do the different answers to these questions have for the way people live? 5) If the way markets opperate (supply and demand, profit motive, etc) is natural, TWE should our (normative) actions be guided by these principles?
  • Socratic discussion of Wilkinson and Sandel
Read and annotate - Computer science and the proof of God article - Thursday
Thursday To understand the logical arguments for the existence of God
  • Journal - How is religion as an Area of Knowedge similar to and different from the other areas of knowedge that we have examined? What are the unigue challenges of studying religion as an Area of Knowedge?
  • Religion unit questions
  • Lecture/Discussion - Reason and religion
Read and annotate the problem of evil article - Tuesday

Week of October 26

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extent to which big data is changing the nature of the Human sciences
  • Journal - To what extent does big data shift the Human Sciences to the Unified Science position? Explain using a specific example from current events that involves at least one of the concerns from questions skeptical of the unified science position.
  • Finish lecture/Discussion big data and the Human sciences
  • Videos on Big data (today they are on local files!!)
What argument are these excerpts making about the nature of right and wrong? What is the basis for this argument?
Read and annotate the Sandel article - Due Tuesday, November 3
Thursday To distinguish between normative and descriptive science
  • Read the Smith/Bastiat excerpts.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Normative v. Descriptive science
  • Video - Richard Wilkinson TED talk

Read and annotate the Sandel article - Due Tuesday, November 3;

Week of October 19

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the Target article and its implications for human science and ethics
  • Announcements
  • Social media query
  • Journal: Based on your reading of the target article, 1) Identify and explain one quote that you found particularly interesting, 2) What implications does this article hold for the unified science debate? 3) What are the ethical implications of using the Human sciences in the ways described by this article? 4) What implications does this article hold for the debate over whether Humans have free will?
  • Target article Socratic discussion (+1 for everyone participating, +1 for discussion going full length with no Haydock jump starts - Yes, that's potentially 4 points in one day!!)
Thursday To discuss the extent to which big data is changing the nature of the Human sciences
  • Lecture/Discussion - Big Data
Read and annotate Sandel - Tuesday

Week of October 12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To use case studies of social science research to explore the extent to which the human sciences are scientific.
  • Hidden Brain activity
    • What field of the Human Sciences is seen in this piece?
    • What is the study trying to prove?
    • What methodologies are used?
    • Is this study scientific?
    • What KQ emerge from this study
    • What potential problems with the social sciences are demonstrated in this story
  • Hidden brain presentations
Target article annotation - Due Tuesday
Thursday To use case studies of social science research to explore the extent to which the human sciences are scientific.
  • Hidden Brain presentation notes template
  • Hidden brain presentations
Target article annotation - Due Tuesday

Week of October 5

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss what Human science means
  • Journal - Read the Chisholm quote from the presentation. Do you agree or not? Explain the reasons for your position. Then answer the questions on the subsequent slide.
  • Discuss opening questions and the Chisholm quote
  • Hidden Brain research project. In groups of four:
      • Identify a Human Science study discussed by discussed on NPR by Shankar Vedantam. Prepare a 5 minute presentation on the study that addresses the following:
        • What is the hypothesis of the study?
        • Which of the human sciences does the study represent?
        • To what extent does the study prove its hypothesis?
        • Which of the three conceptions of the human sciences discussed on Thursday would this study support (unified, humanities, verstehen). Should this study be considered science at all?
        • What knowedge questions are raised by this study?

Shankar Vedantam presentation - Monday

Begin reading and annotating Target Article - Due Thursday, October 15

Thursday To the discuss the extent to which the scientific method is applicable to the study of humans
  • Lecure Discussion - Human Science and the scientific method
  • Complete Human Sciences questionaire (T/F)
  • Read Abel excerpt - Is the Verstehen position scentific?
Hidden Brain Assignments - listen to the story and then annotate the transcript. Bring a printed copy of the story on Tuesday

Week of September 28

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extent to which scientific knowedge is constrained by ethical considerations
  • Journal - Listen to NPR story on fetal cell research. What knowedge issues are raised by this story.
  • Discussion of ethics and science
  • Brainstorm ideas/sources for the fall PE (time allowing)
Thursday To unpack the fall PE
  • Journal - 1) What examples could be used to discuss the fall PE topic? 2) What sources have you found that might be useful for the Fall PE topic? 3) Which of the remaining AoKs are most relevant to the fall PE topic, 4) What KQ are raised by this topic?
  • Unpacking the Fall PE topic:

    “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” To what extent do you agree?

Begin reading Target Article

Week of September 21

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand two models of how scientific knowledge progresses
  • Journal - What is Popper's argument regarding how scientific knowledge works? Identify and list three elements.
  • Lecture/Discussion - How knowledge in the Natural sciences progresses
  • Discussion - unpacking the Fall PE
Thursday To understand Kuhn's revolutionary model of scientific knowledge
  • Journal - What is Kuhn's argument regarding how scientific knowledge works? Identify and list three elements.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kuhn's model of normal and revolutionary science
  • PE Discussion -

    “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” To what extent do you agree?

Read and annotate ethics and science article - due Tuesday, September 29

Week of September 14

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand problems with the scientific method
  • Journal - Answer the following questions regarding NPR story on NIH funding NPR story:
    • What is the main point of this story?
    • Why is this story relevant to the Timmer (stronger math standards needed) 'article?
    • What knowledge questions do these two stories raise regarding the natural sciences?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Limitations of the natural sciences
  • PE topic discussion

Read and annotate Popper and Kuhn excerpts - Tuesday, September 22;

Complete the planning template (skipping those parts that are not relevant - Thursday)

Thursday To understand Popper's idea of falsification
  • Journal - Read Bear-drone article. What KQ does this article raise for the natural sciences?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Limitations of the natural sciences
  • PE topic discussion
Read and annotate Popper and Kuhn excerpts - Tuesday, September 22

Week of September7

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Substitute
  • Read and annotate "The Odds: Continually updated"
Read and annotate "The Odds: Continually updated" - Due Thursday
Thursday To familiarize ourselves with the 2016 PE topics
  • Journal - How has the "Big Data" revolution changed the nature of scientific inquiry? To what extent can more sophisticated (Bayesian) analytics solve the reproducibility problem in science
  • Discuss "The Odds: Continually updated"
  • Prescribed essay topics 2016!!!!!!!!!!

Week of August 31

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand the problem of reproducibility
  • Journal - What knowledge questions emerge from the article on math and science?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Problems with the scientific method, pt. 2
Thursday To understand the significance of Bayesian probability to scientific inquiry
  • Lecture/Discussion - Reproducibility and statistical methodology
  • Reading time - "The Odds, Continually Updated"
Finish reading and annotating "The Odds, Continually Updated"

Week of August 24

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To discuss the extent to which science is independent of culture
  • Journal: 1) According to the authors, what demarcates science from non-science? 2) According to the authors, why is pseudo science dangerous? 3)Is science universal across cultures or is science a concept bound by culture?
  • Science, Pseudo Science and culture discussion
  • NASA article reading time (time allowing)
Read an annotate the NASA climate change article - Focus on ATiP1-2,6 and what makes this study scientific - be prepared to cite examples
Thursday To explore the connection between mathematics and the natural sciences
  • Lecture/Discussion - The Scientific method and its problems pt. 1 - the problem of induction
  • Journal - 1) What is the basic argument made in this article, 2) What is the methodology used by this study (bullet it out), 3)Why is the public unwilling to accept the scientific basis for climate change? 4) What knowledge questions arise from this article?
  • Moderated discussion of NASA article
Read and annotate article on Statistical standards in science - Tuesday, September 1

Week of August 17

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To explore KF in connection with the natural sciences
  • Small group discussion of KF sections. Groups should be prepared to answer the questions, but more importantly:
    1. To share the two most important KQ the arise from this section regarding the natural sciences, and,
    2. To discuss and share one example of relevant to your section drawn from the group's experiences with natural science classes here at Tracy High
  • Informal group presentations
  • Think Theory all the time!!
Thursday To distingusih between what is and is not science
  • Journal - (in small groups) 1) What are the essential characteristics that make a given knoweldge pursuit scientific? What characteristics would make such a pursuit non- scientific?
  • Debrief and brainstom characteristics into notes
  • Read and discuss demarcation documents
  • Journal - In what ways might personal knoweldge and shared scientific knowledge conflict? How do you resolve these conflicts
Read and annotate -"The Dangers of Pseudo Science"

Week of August 10

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Tuesday To understand what a knowledge framework is and how they serve the goals of ToK
  • Welcome!
  • Seating
  • Bagels!!!!
  • Syllabus changes (participation, major assessments)
  • Year overview
  • Class goals and purpose, or, the perils of instrumentality
  • EE Sharing (time allowing)
Thursday To apply the KF to the natural sciences
  • Knowledge frameworks (KF)
  • KF groups (5) - each assigned one section of the KF.
As an annotation, brainstorm answers to the questions from your assigned section of the KF regarding the AoK natural science. What are the two most significant issues that emerge from this brainstorming?