After 16 years of life experience and more than a decade of formal education behind them, TOK students are knowers—in medias res―already in the thick of the action. TOK allows them to step back from the relentless acquisition of knowledge to ask: “how we know what we claim to know?”
A TOK classroom is nothing if not generative. TOK explores how Knowledge is acquired, both as individual quest and as dynamic social activity. Risking ideas in the public arena is key. Students are encouraged to discover and express their views and to share ideas with others and to listen to and learn from what others think.
TOK is all about asking questions and daring to know for oneself. It is subversive in the sense that it discourages swallowing piecemeal conventional ideas of the day or the prepackaged opinions of peers or authority figures.