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Annotated Bibliography Annotated Bibliography Boese, E. (2011) Standardized Tests: Shouldn’t We Be Helping Our Students? In Reid, S. The Prentice Hall Essential Guide for College Writers (pp. 342-348) Englewood Cliffs. NJ: Prentice Hall. In his essay, “Standardized Tests: Shouldn’t We Be Helping Our Students” Colorado State University student Eric Boese (2011) passionately expresses his assertions that standardized testing is degrading the quality of American education; he argues (specifically with the intent to persuade readers and in particular test policy setting politicians) that standardized tests are too difficult and fail to properly measure and motivate the qualitative performance of both teacher and student. This reader takes issue with the author’s position—responding that standardized tests are producing the positive results intended: an increase in motivation and performance of both student and teacher—and accurately measuring the resulting performance (both positive and negative) of students and teachers alike. Scudder, S. H. (2011) Take This Fish and Look at It. In Reid, S. The Prentice Hall Essential Guide for College Writers (pp342-348) Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. In his essay “Take This Fish and look at It”, Samuel H. Scudder (2011), a dedicated young American student of natural history in the 1800’s, recounts his exacerbating but in the end rewarding journey into the rewards of simple scientific observation. His adventure begins with the tenacious schooling of one erasable and very particular Professor Agassiz. Agassiz introduces Scudder to the virtues of up-close-and-personal human observation of one—very unparticular—specimen: a small scaly fish. Foundation for Critical Thinking; “Critical Thinking Model”. (2011). Foundation for Critical Thinking. Pulled from: Criticalthinking.org

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