Exploring language as a way of knowing

photo 1Before the February break, Mr. Johnston’s 11th Grade Theory of Knowledge class took advantage of the visiting photo exhibit “Wind of Change” in the Greene Gallery.

The students, who were exploring language as a Way of Knowing, spent some time looking at the pictures without reading any of the captions.  They each identified several photographs that grabbed their attention most strongly and went back to read the associated text, both in French and in English.  This exercise led to insightful reflections and discussions about what kinds of knowledge we can attain without language and what we are able to know through language as well as the role of translation in communicating knowledge. In the process, the students were introduced to the work of Maggie Barankitse and the amazing stories of some of the people she has helped through her projects in Burundi.