Best of the Week 2021-2022: Excellence in College Prep


ST. ED'S IB STUDENTS WRESTLE WITH THE IDEA OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRESENT "TOK ON DISPLAY," A TOK EXHIBITION

The IB program introduced the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Exhibition to inspire students to relate the knowledge gained in the classroom to the world beyond. The TOK Exhibition “explores how TOK manifests in the world around us.” It consists of a curated exhibition of three real world objects that connect to one of 35 IA Prompts such as: "How does the way that we organize or classify knowledge affect what we know?" "Is bias inevitable in the production of knowledge?" "Should some knowledge not be sought on ethical grounds?" and "How might the context in which knowledge is presented influence whether it is accepted or rejected?" This week, IB students presented their exhibitions to fellow students, faculty and staff.

"What I, and I think what many students, see as so valuable in the course is how it challenges teachers and students alike to slow down our thinking, and to remember how complex the act of forming knowledge is," says Associate Dean of Academics & IB Coordinator Nick Kuhar. "One of the most striking moments in this course for me was when we visited the Cleveland Museum of Art. As our IB Diploma students were considering pieces in the Contemporary section, we saw personnel installing the 'museum labels' next to newly hung pieces. I saw students do double takes because, just minutes before, they had formed perspectives on those pieces without the historical and cultural context that the labels provided. The information radically changed how the students perceived those works of art, and this week during the TOK Exhibition, students wrestled with how experiences like these helped them understand the key questions explored in TOK."