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MSR College List
Here are just a few of the places our students have gone after attending MSR:

Berklee College of Music McGill University
Boston College Northwestern University
Brown University North Carolina State University
Davidson College Tufts University
Duke University University of North Carolina
Eastern Carolina University University of Pennsylvania
Elon University University of Virginia
Georgia Tech University Virginia Tech University
Harvard University Wake Forest University
Indiana State University Washington University

Spice Box Newsletter (CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the full newsletter)
November Edition Feature Article
How We Teach: Out of Our Heads

There is chatter as class begins. “Who is leading the discussion?” “Did you finish the analysis sheets?” “What analysis sheets?” “Has anyone ever thought how it would feel to wake up without language?” The student’s face is full of inquiry, and he continues, “Would it be our worst nightmare or a relief…you know…we would be unencumbered by language.” Other students pause and seem to be pondering the dilemma. Rose, the teacher, appears, and today’s session of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) begins.

Sometimes referred to as both the most challenging and most loved course in the International Baccalaureate Programme, TOK asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. It is, in the words of one student, “very, very challenging” and also mandatory for all students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme.

Today’s focus is on language, and the slide projected on the whiteboard reads “Reading critically allows us to recognize perspective.” The questions begin. Rose: “Language is a way of knowing—of sharing knowledge, but how do we get language? What are the sources?” Students respond, “What about body language?” “Language forms the basis of all other ways of knowing.” Rose broadens the frame: “IB started with four ways of knowing; now there are eight.” We make a note to research the ways of knowing and later learn that Language, Senses, Emotion, and Reason are the original four ways and Imagination, Faith, Intuition, and Memory were added later. (CLICK HERE to read more)

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