Critical Analysis Worksheet
Read “Common Core” and “The Lost Opportunity of the 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 Lost Opportunity of the Common Core State Standards” readings.
Define the term conclusion.
A conclusion is the part that summarizes all the main points being postulated in an article. From the conclusion, we can get the final thought of the author and the way forwad for which the author thinks is best. Additionally, the conclusion outlines the overriding thematic issues in the article and bring them down to the understanding of the whole research topic in question.
What is the conclusion of each article?
Common core; the standards of excellence place by the government to guide the education system is deemed to be quite imperative in the making sure that the country owns the highest levekl of intellectuals
Lost opportunity of common core standards; this article mainly accentuates that unless the government put aside their self interests in the formulation of these common core, the standards are deemed to have high inefficiency in the education sector and they are deemed to be quite detrimental to the learning fraternity. The best way to go is to reduce the opportunity gaps or else these benefits of the standards will not be realized any soon.
Define the term premises.
The premises is the strong foundation of logic behind a certain accentuation or point or fact. It is the backbone for which a certain factual point exist. The reasoning that makes a certain connotation viable and conceptual to everyone. It is the argument behind a certain fact.
What premises support the conclusions in each article?
Common core; this article build on the premises that the common core lays doen the blueprint for which each individual should reason. The inception of the common core creates a universal standard for which conformity in the measurement of performance is based on.
Lost opportunity; this article’s main argument here is that the formulation of the core standards is currentky not based on the motive of bringing excellence but it is based on the selfish interest of the few individuals in the government who would want to benefits from the large economies of scale in the event of production of the materials for these common core standards.
How convincing is the conclusion of each article? Explain your answer.
Common core; this article’s conclusion influences our thinking by bringing the real virture of following the common core standards but it does not accentuate the problems that causes to the humanity following it.
Lost opportunity; this article is keen to effect and explain the fact that if the gap of opportinty is not closed by the people who makes these policies, it is evident that common core standard will have more harm than good to those who follow them.
Biases is the term used to refer to a situation where the writer leans on one side of the argument without taking keen consideration on the other side of the story/argument.
What biases did you observe in each article? Why do you think they are biases?
Common core; the article mostly dwelt on the pleasant advantages the common core standards bring while it was silent on the potential demerits that the standards had.the biase was propelled by the author being pro government.
Lost opportunity; this article was very supportive on the matters that dwelt on the need to close the opportunity gap but did not take a standpoint on the great benefits and sanity these standards have brought in the country’s educational system. the biase was propelled by the author being anti government.
What might be the sources of the biases in each article?
The changes in the policies with which the common core standards are based on
The inaccuracy in the data collection and thorough analysis of the whole research topic
The prejudgment postulated by each author bringng on board the advent of formed opinion on the research
Sell, M. (2013). Common core. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington].
Wellner, K.G. (2014). The lost opportunity of the common core state standards. Phi Delta Kappan, 95(7), 39-41.