Create a position paper related to the topic of charter schools and how they are funded, for example using research that states their funding comes from public monies (such as state taxes) that could be going to students attending public schools. I am against the general concept of charter schools versus public schools. I believe, however, that parents have a right to choose where their child attends and what type of education they receive as long as it is not altering the availability of education for other students. My issue is with the umbrella company in which charter schools are managed. These companies, such as the largest company named Academica, based out of the United States in Florida, ultimately are for profit organizations that charge management fees which come out of funds that could be going to our students in charter or regular public schools (these specifics require research and citations from peer reviewed articles). The topic can expand from these ideas.
The general topic comes from my own personal beliefs and experiences. However, if this topic does not present relatable and appropriate research in order to support the position, you may choose your own topic that fulfills the requirements of this paper and use your own belief system to drive the research.
Detailed instructions and expectations of the paper:
The introduction section requires a central thesis with a declarative statement of need. In this opening section the historical context of the concept with assertions from the past peer reviewed research to the present theoretical construct. Historical assumptions should help to establish the philosophical curricular position. Historical assumptions will help to drive the position that charter schools are ultimately stripping public schools from appropriate funding to assist with our general right in the United States to be guaranteed a free and public education.
Next, discuss the conceptual position and it’s evolution within both the peer-reviewed literature and how it operates in schools in practice or service. Establish pertinent relationships.
Example: if one takes the position that high-stakes testing is politically motivated those in power can control and determine what knowledge is of most worth by attaching such knowledge to the test and their outcomes, with student scores, teacher evaluations, school grades, etc.).
Relationships would then be discussed between the elements of the test (as they apply & are relevant to the position) citing examples of legislation (NCLB) sweeping changes (common core) and detailing nuances where applicable.
Finally, clearly articulate a position related to your own informed belief system, meaning my position that charter schools are not currently effective based on their funding practices must have research backing that statement up. Be sure to include the literature to support your point, arguments, and perspectives. This assignment should address curricular design and it’s effectiveness with a thorough grounding in socio-political contexts.
- This paper is a short narrative. About 8 to 10 pages double spaced 12 point font without references.
- Do not make lists or bullets
- Please use APA style subheadings
- Use examples to support thoughts, opinions, and perspectives
- There must be a thorough understanding of how and when to use citations and references throughout the paper as APA style dictates
- Limit quotations and do not use any quotations in the summary section
- First person may be used do not use “ The writer” or “the author”
- Writing should be organized with thoughts flowing effortlessly in a well- developed introduction, including a declarative statement with a central thesis and a well-developed conclusion
- A well structured and coherent introduction that introduces the topic with an effective and focused thesis statement. Succinctly but briefly describes the historical context of the concept with support from the peer-reviewed research; presents the theoretical construct in a clear and focused manner. Presents the historical assumptions that support a well developed and clear philosophical curricular position.
- Cogently and succinctly discusses the conceptual position and its evolution within both the peer-reviewed literature and how it operates in schools in practice or service. Establishes pertinent relationships in logical and focused ways.
- Clearly articulates a position related to the student’s own belief system. Includes the appropriate literature and examples to support points, arguments, and perspectives.
- All of the following are apparent: title page, introduction, descriptive subheadings, conclusion, etc. Each section of the paper is well developed in a clear and informative manner. The ideas flow smoothly and logically, and they are interconnected. The tone and language are consistently academic, professional, and appropriate for an academic research paper.