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Journey into the IB Program: Part I

A series reflection by Director of Communications Stacy Jagodowski.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is
a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

“Which statement do you agree with? Why?” These were the opening questions in the first  Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class of the year, taught by Mr. Chip Boyd. That quotation and those questions set the tone for the year. This was going to be a class based on beliefs, discussion, debate, philosophy, science and evidence, and I was excited.

There is no better way, that I can think of, to truly discover the essence of the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (IB Program), one of our signature programs at Cheshire Academy, than to actually take the classes. Let me introduce myself:
I'm Ms. Jago, director of communications, and now I'm also, Ms. Jago, “IB student.”

This class started with a “dive in head-first” mentality, delving into some deep discussions on beliefs versus fact, and how imagination relates to knowledge. In response to this summer's reading assignment of “The Believing Brain” by Michael Schermer, editor of “Skeptic Magazine,” Mr. Boyd asked: “Can you believe in something, but still be skeptical? What does skeptical mean?” It was exciting to watch as the conversation was lobbed back and forth across the room, everyone chiming in on the discussion. You could hear agreement and polite disagreement happening simultaneously, and everyone was engaged.

My first class was a great glimpse into the world of IB. This promises to be a challenging and intriguing year.

What is ToK?

Theory of Knowledge, aka ToK, is a cornerstone course of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, and a requirement of any IB Diploma candidate. A unique course, one that puts attention on the student as the holder of knowledge and beliefs, ToK is essential to the nature of the IB program as a whole. Students are taught to question what they know, delve into why they believe what they believe, and think about how they acquire, build and utilize knowledge. In this class, students are repeatedly asked: How do we know?

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