Friday, April 10, 2009

The Listening Project - Where now?

One of the points that was made multiple time in The Listening Project was the idea of America overstepping its bounds, attempting to control more than it could handle, and as a result we have become "an empire in decline." What do you believe the United States should or needs to do, or, as a single international community, we as a 'global family' needs to do in order to make a better world? How should we change our involvement in different countries, and how will that change affect us and the rest of the world? Should we even be concerned with self-image or simply doing what we believe is right? Or are the two related?

This movie gives us many many different oppurtunities to cover ideas of national versus international identity, global involvement and identity, and the importance of questioning who 'we' are and who 'we' want to be. Don't let my questions limit all of your guys' answers. Write what you think, what you believe, what you oppose, and why.

Have at it.
-Flip Senn

Sunday, March 1, 2009


This came up the other day in a conversation... and it stuck me as one hundred percent TOK...

"Why is time relevant?"

I personally have never understood that. Yes, it is a way that we interact with others, but why is it important? Why do some people cling so adamantly to it? Where did it come from? (Yes it is a part of life and I accept that, but why?)

Answers / opinions wanted :)


Monday, February 23, 2009

Lawbreaking Part Two

Hey guys so Stitches is Oliver (Me). Sorry I forgot to sign my post... oops.
I'm curious, because many of you brought up the issue of killing someone. Why is killing someone wrong? Don't murderers deserve to die? It doesn't make sense to me that in our society killing is viewed as wrong, yet someone who does so is in a sense given a secure home, bed, and has all of their general needs met for life. Does that punishment really fit the crime? This kind of turned into a question about capital punishment, but I'm curious to here your reactions. (And yes, I do agree, but I don't understand WHY...)
So... why is killing wrong?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Listening Project

What is your response to the film? 

Thursday, January 22, 2009


This question was posted by Oliver, and it seems to get at the heart of the issue. Please respond by Friday, Jan. 30. (Thanks, Oliver. You are officially "done" with your assingment.)

This came up during a discussion about the Seminar homework...

If we break the law to uphold it, what message does that send? Ultimately, does it do more harm than good?

As always, justify...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Miranda Warning

For those of you who do not watch "Law and Order," I've included a link that explains the history and wording of the Miranda Warning, referred to in the cases provided by Magistrate Jostad. This would be good background info to have.

Mrs. King

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ethical Principles and the Law

Prior to attending Magistrate Jostad's presentation on Friday, Jan. 23rd, please respond to the following 2 questions related to the handouts given in your English class:
  1. Do you agree with the court's decision in Case 1: People v. Becker, or with the dissenting opinion? Please state your reasons.
  2. Regarding Case 2, do you feel Pautler acted unethically and, therefore, should have been punished? Or do you feel that he "did the right thing," and that his actions should be excused because of the outcome? Please state your reasons.


There will be a follow-up blog assignment after the seminar as well.

Mrs. King

Monday, January 5, 2009

Know Thyself

The Belief-O-Matic is a website that poses 20 faith-based questions, and then compares your responses to the prescribed responses of a variety of religions. After you submit the survey, the faith at the top of the list is the one Belief-O-Matic found that most closely matches your own beliefs. The following 26 faiths are listed in order of how closely they align with your professed beliefs. In terms of TOK, this is a great tool both in process and product. Each of the 20 questions requires an evaluation of stances you may or may not addressed in yourself, and can help help you to define your views. The resultant list gives you the terms (names of religions) whose connotations allow you to effectively convey your beliefs, both to others and for yourself. I, for example, came up 100% Liberal Quaker, and 98% Unitarian Universalist (the religion I currently practice)

Have fun!

I thought it might be interesting if people posted their results as comments, along with your response to their accuracy or inaccuracy - is this an effective way to gain knowledge?