The world and its resources viewed as “disposable” to our ends is our “empowerment”, and the value of this “empowerment” is recognized by our communities through our “shared knowledge” in the construction of what our curriculums will be in our education and in the awarding of the variety of positions of power within our communities for those who have mastered those curriculums or those who have gained the theoretical and practical knowledge that is to be found through those curriculums or our “shared knowledge”.
If the answer to that question is “yes”, then you do not have sufficient TOK content in your essay.
Personal and shared knowledge, the knowledge framework, the ways of knowing and the areas of knowledge are terms that you need to reference in your discussions. “The knowledge questions that arise from within title #1 are in its use of the concepts of “quality”, “knowledge”, “measured”, “how many people”, and “accept”.
Many examiners state that in the very best essays they read, they can visualize the individual who has thought through them sitting opposite to them.
To reflect this struggle in your essay is your goal.
Remember to include sufficient TOK content in your essay.
When you have completed your essay, ask yourself if it could have been written by someone who had not participated in the TOK course.You need to remember that most of your examiners have been educated in the logical positivist schools of Anglo-America and this education pre-determines their predilection to view the world as they do and to understand the concepts as they do.The TOK course itself is a product of this logical positivism.Here is a link to a Power Point that contains recommendations and a flow chart outlining the steps to writing a TOK essay. Reflection shows us that these are all related to “value” determinations of what “knowledge” is and how its “quality” may be measured.Comments, observations and discussions are welcome. The “quality of knowledge”, historically, has been measured by its “usefulness” towards the achievement of the ends that human beings have determined and have in mind.The rendering of reasons is based on the principle of reason as a way of knowing (“nothing without reason” or “nothing is without a reason or a cause”).The rendering of reasons is what we call “evidence”.For example, in the IB itself the “quality of knowledge” which has been determined to be the most “useful” is that given to us through the sciences.Views of which subjects are chosen by students and their parents illustrate this.My experience has been that candidates whose examples match those to be found on TOK “help” sites (and this is of those TOK help sites) struggle to demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge claims and knowledge questions contained in the examples.The best essays carry a trace of a struggle that is the journey on the path to thinking.