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    Jan 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a two semester course that stresses the importance of meta-thinking. The student you were at the beginning of Theory of Knowledge and the student you are at the end are completely different. Throughout the two semesters you are exposed to various perspectives throughout the world. From Socrates to the Flammarion Engraving, TOK shows its students how to understand not just what you know and how you know it, but also understanding what you don't know and how you might overcome that weakness.

    Course highlights:

    There were many highlights throughout this course, however I will only name a handful. Throughout our two semesters we discussed culture and the ethics of science, what is the truth, what does it mean to truly know something, what is mathematics, where are we and how do we know it, and Plato's allegory of The Cave.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go in with an open mind. At first, you may be frustrated, or even confused. You might ask yourself several times what is going on and what is your teacher teaching you. However, as the course goes on you will soon find yourself enjoying the class and relating it to your real life situations. The course leaves you with the ability to view things from various perspectives and leaves you with a positive impact.

    • Spring 2016
    • Mr. Williams
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Oct 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a great class that helps us think outside the box and approach a topic unbiased. Whether it be exploring the truth of something or questioning how one knows something, the class really makes the students more interested in the life around them.

    Course highlights:

    One of my favorite lessons in the class was on Socrates and Plato and their understanding of the world around them. We spent a few days on Socrates', "All I know is that I know nothing" in which I wrote a paper explaining my interpretation of it. We also had a day in which we watched a video on cold fusion. In this video, it first introduced cold fusion but many many scientists doubted it was even possible, after a demonstration and further study, it was proven very possible. This was interesting because it helped me realize that we should question what we know to be a fact. These scientists did not think anything beyond what they knew was true but they were proven wrong.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this class, one should just be able to think outside the box and deviate from the social norms of something. We have socratic seminars every Thursday in which we just discuss a topic and the teacher loves outside sources. So basically just be very informed about what is going on around you and interested in what other students have to say.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Williams
    • Yes
    • A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Oct 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is basically a course on thought. If you have a good time really getting into depth about world subjects this is the class for you. This class goes over many areas of knowledge.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were that we were able to really improve our writing and communication skills. I also learned so much about the world around me.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You have to seriously pay attention in class and get involved in the communication

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Williams
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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