November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – Wilderness survival TV show

Article: History Leaves 10 Survivalists ‘Alone’ For Summer “10 survivalists are left in the Vancouver Island wilderness and have to survive using what they’ve been able to stuff into a backpack. At stake is $500,000 awarded to the person who lasts the longest.” https://deadline.com/2015/04/alone-survival-series-history-channel-1201410410/ There are a large number of different Read more…

November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – BBC article on fighting pollution in Kenya

BBC Article: “Kenya pollution: How air sensors are helping people fight pollution” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50647465 The subject of the BBC News article, John Keiti, lives in a part of Kenya that suffers from serious pollution. He borrowed air pollution sensors and set up a system that broadcast the data. As a result Read more…

November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – Kintsugi

Article: Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold “Poetically translated to“golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Once Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #4 – Exams and history education

Article: Exam Hell and the Crisis in History Education “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 Read more…