University of Phoenix Material
Critical Analysis Worksheet
Read “Common Core” and “The Battle Against Common Core Standards.”
Perform a critical analysis of each reading using critical thinking techniques from this week’s readings.
Respond to the following based on your critical thinking analysis of the “Common Core” and “The Battle Against Common Core Standards” readings.
1) Define the term conclusion.
Aside from being the obvious result or closing, a conclusion is also “a proposition concluded or inferred from the premises of an argument” as defined by dictionary.com. This means, the conclusion is a final logically reasoned deduction.
2) What is the conclusion of each article?
The conclusion from the “Common Core” perspective…show more content…
Anything that prevents someone from objectively drawing a conclusion is a bias.
7) What biases did you observe in each article? Why do you think they are biases?
While the “Common Core” article objectively defined common core and explained its function all of the sources cited were supportive of implementing common core standards. The article would state the opposition and then Sell would quote someone in favor of common core. Smith’s title alone lets you know that this is an opposing argument. The article is politically motivated. Throughout the article, Smith discusses democratic initiatives and state’s “relinquishing their right to control.”
8) What might be the sources of the biases in each article?
Personal expertise is the initial bias. Perhaps they have a child that has fallen below common core standards. Living in a state that has already implemented common core values, I have dealt with standardized tests as both a student and parent. While I was able to pass them with ease, I have witnessed students taken them multiple times to no avail. Those politically motivated are driven by funding and votes. It’s hard to determine if their focus is genuine or if ulterior motives are present. I recognize my personal bias with regard to choosing or opposing common core.
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