TOK Journal #8

  • What is inherently controversial textbook development?

The core conflict with producing textbooks is the issue of preferred history. An undesirable event occurred that a society would like to erase often is removed from textbooks to avoid upsetting others. In addition, by nature textbooks are created to provide the reader with the most important aspects of history. It is impossible to record all of history, so it is up to the authors to “trim the fat” and decide what the reader needs to hear. Whether or not the author intends to provide the reader with an altered view of history does not mean that the textbook is free of bias. By picking and choosing what parts to include, that is a bias in itself.

  • What role do textbooks play in your schooling and modern education?

Textbooks play a crucial role in my schooling and modern education. With a program such as the IB, textbooks are the only way of connecting the student to an examination. When it is an internal exam, the teacher is able to play a greater role in the education of a student. However with an external exam, it is necessary to understand what material will be on the test as well as what the examiner is looking for.

  • How might this be different in the future? Why?

I assume that the role of textbooks will definitely shift. Despite popular belief, it seems logical that textbooks become an even more prominent aspect of education. The idea of individual learning is growing and in the future, modern day, interactive education may become obsolete and be solely based upon textbook work.

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