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 – BBC article on Chinese students in Australia

BBC article “China pressure ‘undermining Australian universities’, report says” “Chinese pro-democracy students in Australia experience harassment and fear punishment if they speak out on sensitive issues, a new report says. Human Rights Watch found such students feel surveilled in Australia, leading many to self-censor in classrooms. Academics teaching China courses in Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #5 RLE – alleged fake industrial test results

Article: “Mitsubishi Electric used special program to spin fake data” “Mitsubishi Electric Corp. fashioned a computer program to churn out fictitious data used in place of actual tests on air conditioning units it supplied to railway companies apparently for more than three decades.” http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385139http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385139 The alleged issues with the tests Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #6 RLE – beauty and self-portrait

Torstein Lerhol, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, had a set of photos taken to highlight the cultural obsession with beauty. This article provides some additional information on Lerhol including his political aspirations: http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/i-fokus/in-focus-2019/inclusion/article.2019-05-24.9441024030 There are a number of different areas of certainty that could be explored in this RLE: The Read more…