Summer Expectations and Requirements

Summer vacation is quickly approaching but that does not mean we have to stop having TOK moments – after all, your entire life experiences are TOK!


Please download this document (also posted on Managebac) that discusses

1. Expectations (what it really expected for your continued success in TOK); some are the “nice to do”

2. Requirements (a few brief assignments that will keep you on your toes prior to returning for the second portion of the course. You are required to complete them and post them on your blog by the first TOK class of next year).

Download this file


Knowledge Issue: the TED “inequality” Controversy

The creators and adminstrators of our beloved TED were recently accused of censoring a short talk due to its “political partisanship”.

Here’s what @TEDchris (Chris Anderson, the founder of TED) had to say on his blog:

“The National Journal alleged we had censored a talk because we considered the issue of inequality “too hot to handle.” The story ignited a firestorm of outrage on Reddit, Huffington Post and elsewhere. We were accused of being cowards. We were in the pay of our corporate partners. We were the despicable puppets of the Republican party.”


Well he decided to tell the whole story: CLICK HERE FOR HIS BLOG POST

**You can actually view the controversial video in question HERE or read the transcript HERE


WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHY IS THIS A “KNOWLEDGE ISSUE”? (there are many to be found in this)

Here’s what some commenters said:



Emotion Exploration #2: Happiness, Regret, and Despair

Do you ever wonder what your “Emotional Intelligence” is? Some scientists believe your “E.Q.” is more important to your success in life than your “I.Q.”.

Take the TEST here:




Dan Gilbert on TED: “Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?”


BIG THINK ARTICLE: How Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

Washington Post ARTICLE: Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

7 Must-Read Books in Happiness (Plus more TED talks!)


Michael Norton on TED: “How to Buy Happiness”



Conversations about this talk at



TED ED LESSON (includes TED talk with quiz and other Thinking Questions)- Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness:

Take the Happiness Survey HERE

or the OXFORD Happiness Survey HERE

or for more fun, use your iPhone for this:

ARTICLE: Is there a Mathematics to Happiness?

GALLERY: The World’s 15 Happiest Countries

ARTICLE: Why would the government want to know if we are happy? Why did our founding fathers consider “pursuit of happiness” so important? 



ARTICLE: Does regret make you more humane?

ARTICLE: Quick Decisions Create Regret

Here is the exquisite, legendary Edith Piaf sing “No, I regret Nothing” (with English subs)


ARTICLE: Why is regret a “moral” emotion?


TED TALK with Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret (yes, it starts out with Johnny Depp’s shoulder tattoo!)


Conversations regarding this talk (I like the “10 mistakes we all make”)

ARTICLE: TOP 5 Regrets of the DYING


ARTICLE: Pregnant 9/11 Survivors Transmitted Trauma to their Children


ARTICLE: A Broken Heart Could Actually Kill You

ARTICLE: What is “broken heart syndrome”?

then watch this short video: 

ARTICLE: The Grief and Infection Connection

ARTICLE: What’s the Value of Sadness (Happiness- Enough Already!)

“Sadness is a Blessing” by Lykke Li (“Sadness is my boyfriend…”)


We are not the only creatures to experience Grief- check out these elephants…



W.H. Auden’s lovely poem: “Funeral Blues”, as seen in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”


And another stunning piece of poetry by Lord Byron


When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

 Lord Byron



These are posted on Manage Bac but you can download them here. Please note that all projects are due (posted successfully to your Posterous blog) before the the set TOK final exam date, and that you need to come on the final exam date ONLY IF you are missing any of the major course components listed on the calendar.

Final Exam Project

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Period 3 May Calendar

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Period 7 May Calendar

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Period INS May Calendar

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