November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #3 RLE – cruise ships banned from Venice

Text: “Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1” “Declaring Venice’s waterways a “national monument,” Italy is banning mammoth cruise liners from sailing into the lagoon city, which risked being declared an imperiled world heritage site by the United Nations later this month.” https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/italy-ban-mammoth-cruise-ships-venice-aug-78823148 There are Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #3 RLE – article by the New York Times on the use of analogies in history

Article: https://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/18/opinion/war-and-analogy.html The New York Times opinion article “War and Analogy” discusses how different U.S leaders used different analogies to described the situation in Kosovo in the late 1990’s. The op-ed also notes that the politicians used the analogies to argue for a particular kind of response by the United States Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #5 RLE – Maus (WWII graphic novel)

Article” Why ‘Maus’ remains ‘the greatest graphic novel ever written,’ 30 years later. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/08/11/why-maus-remains-the-greatest-graphic-novel-ever-written-30-years-later/ Art Spiegelman’s WWII graphic novel Maus is important not just for its depiction of the Holocaust but also for the impact it had on views of graphic novels. Previous to Maus, graphic novels were often viewed as Read more…

November 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – Russian sniper cartoon

The website Rejected Princesses focuses on underrepresented parts of history and uses a comic-style format: “”Well-behaved women seldom make history. Rejected Princesses celebrates those who did. Part art project, part standup routine, part book report, this site imagines what if we made animated musicals about the women of history and myth who refused to behave.” https://www.rejectedprincesses.com Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #3 RLE – History education and exams

“Rote memorization has displaced critical thinking and driven young Japanese students away from the study of history, argues the author, who blames the universities’ own fact-driven entrance examinations for the crisis facing the humanities and social sciences in higher education.” https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/a05103/exam-hell-and-the-crisis-in-history-education.html The focus on “obvious facts” (i.e. basic rote memorization) is Read more…