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.
A decision or judgment reached by reasoning.
2) What is the conclusion of each article?
In the first article, the conclusion is that some states feel the federal government should not have a say so in the states education system. On the second article, Battle Agains Common Core, the conclusion is that the students wouldn’t really learn from it, yet learning just enough to get by.
3) Define the term premises.
Forms the basis of a theory or plot.
4) What premises support the conclusions in each article?
Some states feel that the Common Cre takes away the schools choice of what they offer their students educational wise. In the second article, with the common core, teachers are not able to let the students be creative and learn outside the box.
5) How convincing is the conclusion of each article? Explain your answer.
6) Define the term biases.
7) What biases did you observe in each article? Why do you think they are biases?
8) What might be the sources of the biases in each article?
Sell, M. (2013). Common core. McClatchy - Tribune Business News [Washington].
Smith, H.K. (2013, March). The battle against common core standards. FreedomWorks, Retrieved from www.freedomworks.org
Link to the article: http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/rousseau/the-battle-against-common-core-standards