Comparing and Contrasting Articles
By- Allie and Lauren
How do the authors utilize statistics to demonstrate teacher and general approval of Common Core?
What is unique about author one’s approach vs. author two’s approach?
In the first article the author uses quotes and statistics on how teachers and others like Democrats and Republicans are starting to not support the Common Core. In the first article the author stated things like “In 2013, 57 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats said they supported CCSS. But by 2015, that percentage had dropped 20 points for Republicans (to 37 percent) and seven points for Democrats (to 57 percent).” And “In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they were in favor of the Common Core. In the new survey, only 40 percent say the favor Common Core.” This is different from article two because in article two the author uses facts and some reports. The second article stated “According to their report, Teaching Higher: Educators’ perspective on Common Core implementation, three out of four teachers have “embraced the new standards” either “quite a bit.” or “fully.” And “The research team then related the survey results to students’ scores on the new assessments after controlling for demographics and prior achievement. While they did not find strategies of particular impact on English language arts, they did identify math practices.” They each stated different things, but kind of in the same way. Article one didn’t support the Common Core while Article two did.
What data does the first author include to support her claim?
What data does the second author include to support her claim?
How do the tones differ?
What is the authors purpose for writing the first article?
The author’s purpose in Article one is to state that many people around the world aren’t supporting the Common Core. The Common Core has gone down over the past years and the quote “40 percent say the favor Common Core--representing a 36-point drop in two years.” Supports it. The authors purpose is to give us information on the Common Core and how many people are not supporting it anymore. The Common Core is dropping of supporters because “But Common Core has been harshly criticized for eliminating poetry and classic literature.” This quote is showing that the Common Core has gotten rid of things that many teachers aren’t happy about. The authors purpose was to inform you that the Common Core isn’t what it is said to be and isn’t working for lots of teachers and students in the US.