Critical Thinking – Argumentative Essay

Begin the process of constructing your project by choosing a particular issue or problem. It could be related to your personal life or career path. The goal is then to align this problem or issue with a specific logic model from the text and/or other critical thinking tools you have been learning throughout the course.  As you construct your essay, utilize critical thinking tools to evaluate your data and your credible research, interpret this data, and understand your specific problem or issue from a broader, deeper and more focused perspective. In constructing your essay, utilize and integrate the Elements of Thought from Chapter 5, pp. 104-122. The book we used is Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life by Richard Paul and Linda Elder

Your paper must:

  • Cite at least 6 scholarly peer-reviewed sources that are not required or recommended readings for this course. You may include acredible website. (The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these resources. You may cite the textbook, but that does not count as one of the scholarly peer-reviewed sources.)
  • Incorporate terms and concepts from the class readings and lecture pages.

Essay (Argumentative) Topic – Will a private school be more beneficial academically for my son?

Thesis – The decision of sending children to a public or private school can be a difficult decision for some parents as there are many pros and cons to private schools. “Bibby and Peil (1974) noted that children who attended private primary schools performed better than pupils in public schools” (Adeyemi, 2014). Parents should strongly consider the pros and cons of sending their child to private schools.  Students who attend a private school may have higher academic achievement due to lower student to teacher ratio and a more challenging curriculum.

Here is my instructor’s response. The thesis can be changed – Your thesis statement is prescriptive (as opposed to descriptive), which means that you are arguing a possible outcome – not a definitively provable one.  It is a bit trickier argument.  

Outline – Here is the outline I did. It can be changed.

I.                   Introduction

A.    The debate on whether private schools provide higher academic achievement than public schools.

B.     Pros and Cons of public and private schools

C.     Thesis Statement – The decision of sending children to a public or private school can be a difficult decision for some parents as there are many pros and cons to private schools. “Bobby and Peil (1974) noted that children who attended private primary schools performed better than pupils in public shools” (Adeyemi, 2014). Parents should strongly consider the pros and cons of sending their children to private schools. Students who attend a private school may have higher academic achievement due to lower student to teacher ratio and more challenging curriculum.

II.                Background

A.    History of private schools

B.     Types of private schools

C.     How private schools have changed over the years

III.             Academic Statistics

A.    Private school statistics for elementary and high school

B.     Public school statistics for elementary and high school

IV.             Curriculum

A.    Private school curriculum

B.     Public school curriculum

V.                Community

A.    Private school community including parent involvement, drugs, clicks, and bullying

B.     Public school community including parent involvement, drugs, clicks, and bullying

C.      

VI.             Conclusion

A.    Restate thesis.

B.     Decision

The community topic may not be necessary.

 I am attached research I have found that I would like to be used. They all don’t have to be used. I can have one credible website and other sources. 

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