Choose one topic from the list of “Buzz Words” below and discuss why it is so controversial in the field of early childhood education. You will find three (3) articles that support/pro for your topic and three (3) articles that disagree/con with the idea. In a six (6) page paper, summarize your findings. Remember that every argument has two sides. It is important that you pay adequate attention to arguments that may disagree with your view as well as to persuade others holding your same position(s).

Choose one (1) of the following topics:

Common Core: Describe the Common Core is it? What is its purpose? Who supports (pro) the Common Core and who is against (con) against? What is your opinion?

Standards-based education: instruction aimed at providing students the specific skills and levels of competency necessary to move through the educational system. Aligning the curriculum to meet the national standards of instruction.

Charter schools: providing free public elementary/secondary education under a charter granted by the state legislature or other appropriate authority.

High-stakes testing: testing students using standardized tests and having the

outcome of these tests determine the students’ academic future.

Format for Final Paper:

Title Page (separate page not included in the six (6) page paper).

Page 1: Define your topic, what is it, how do schools use it, who is it

meant for, who uses it, etc.

Pages 2-3: Summarize the three (3) articles that agree with/support your topic

Pages 4-5: Summarize the three (3) articles that disagree with your topic

Page 6: Summarize which side you agree with and why. What is your opinion?

Reference page, APA Style (separate page not included in the six (6) paper).

Be sure to summarize the authors’ ideas by using your words not their words. Cite the names of the authors you are paraphrasing and the year of the article inside your paper. For example, Lopez (2011) wrote that teachers’ pay… Please note that the author and the year of the article are both in the citation.

Include the references for your six (6) articles on the page titled “References.” If you have any questions along the way please ask! The paper must be typed, double spaced in 12pt. font.