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Review the articles you have gathered over the past eleven weeks; which are useful? Which are not? Where can you synthesize ideas across articles? What research do you still need to begin? Post notes about your status to your personal DW account by midnight Friday.

In-class sources:
Knoblauch-educational theories-generally useful
Lebeda-useful
Educator of the Future-more general usefulness
-Knoblauch and Edu of the Future could be synthesized as complimenting each other, and Lebeda and "Student's Guide" could be synthesized by comparing the different disadvantages of each type of school.

Outside previous research:
"Student’s Guide to Taking Back the Classroom”(DW)-useful for cons of public school portion

http://nche.hslda.org/courtreport/V23N4/V23N411.asp-useful, very specific (socialization)

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000068.asp-Very useful (addresses socialization, other)

http://www.christianpost.com/news/researchers-say-socialization-no-longer-an-issue-7552/-short, but refers to a potentially good source: "But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the Literature,” by Susan McDowell

http://school.familyeducation.com/family-learning/home-schooling/30275.html-nonsourced

http://www.nheri.org/Home-Educated-and-Now-Adults.html-summery of a book, book would be very usefulHome Educated and Now Adults: Their Community and Civic Involvement, Views About Homeschooling, and Other Traits by Brian D. Ray

http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Ohio.pdf-little value for this essay

A lot of sources refer to the issue of socialization, in which case the sources would either support or develop each other's arguments.

-I need to find articles that better support and also specifically address the pros of flexibility, differentiation, and love of learning.
I will most likely address the issue of socialization in my paper as well.
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In the article “Controlling a Classroom” by Seema Mehta, she argues that classroom management is very difficult to master and is one reason why some teachers quit within the first 5 years of teaching. She also explains how new mentorship programs are being set up in California that pair more experienced teachers up with new teachers to help them with the issue of classroom management. According to Mehta, methods for teaching classroom management are very varied because there is no one solution or best practice. Mehta says that new teachers are often lost without guidance, and situations or issues can easily escalate if a teacher does not know how to handle them.

-the article seemed to have a very abrupt end with an example instead of a conclusion
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-Benefits of homeschooling
-Charter schools
-Senate Bill/House Bill 5
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Jay W. Richards, Ph.D, wrote the article “Is There Merit for ID in Cosmology, Physics, and Astronomy?,” which argues that Cosmology, Physics and Astronomy scientifically support the theory of intelligent design. The idea that the universe is expanding and thus had an origin is supported by evidence and generally supported by the science community. Because there was origin, theory implies that there also must have been a cause for the start of that origin. In both physics and astronomy, the conditions of life are very specific, and if any of the factors that come into play are not exactly as there are, then life would not have been possible.

-Although it does support the argument of ID, I feel that this particular argument is weak, because one cannot assume that the world was designed for life, when there are a good deal of planets that do not support life, and just happen to be on one that does. I would prefer if this article went into further detail about the conditions that will support life.
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The article “Intelligent Design Has Scientific Merit in Paleontology” by the Discovery Institute argues that intelligent design’s scientific merit is supported by findings in paleontology. Intelligent design can be inferred from the fossil timeline through large and sudden appearances of complex and specified genetic information in a species’ DNA. Genetic change and development often does not occur gradually, as Darwinian Evolution would suggest, but occurs in short “bursts.” The fossils on the resulting end of the burst show more genetic complexity than what would normally develop in that relatively short time period, so the evidence suggests that there is a force guiding the outcome of the genetic pool.
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“The Pros and Cons of 'Intelligent design” by Martin Poulsom, - Description of Creationism and several arguments for and against it.
and “The Creationist Down the Hall: Does It Matter When Teachers Teach Creationism?” by Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner.- How often do teacher teach creationism and does it have an effect?
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-Student influence and authority in schools
-Homeschooling
-Intelligent Design (possibly catastrophism vs. gradualism)
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Tom Stokes, Breton Sheridan, and Dylan Baird wrote the article “A Student’s Guide to Taking Back the Classroom”. In it, they argue that that in modern classrooms, students have very little autonomy because classrooms are teacher run. Teacher-run classrooms stifle student creativity and interest in learning. Stokes, Sheridan and Baird conducted an experiment in which they compared groups with leaders and groups without leaders. The groups without leaders tended to have more discussion, while the groups with leaders tended to have less discussion but were more efficient. Stokes, Sheridan and Baird as a solution, advocated student empowerment along with teacher guidance.
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Kolbert argues that the reason such large scale wind power got accomplished was because it became a community effort. Dickerson, however, argues that solar farms are much more cost effective than individual and home solar panels. Although these two sources disagree on who should purchase the energy sources, they do agree on a more fundamental issue, which is that energy is most should be produced on a large scale.

--I might be revising my thesis again. :)
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Tentative thesis: Climate change should begin at the domestic level, with the individual goal of a self-sustaining, greenery-replenishing way of life.

Sources:
“The Island in the Wind” by Elizabeth Kolbert-Pro wind power, about an island entirely run by wind power
Introduction To Permaculture by Bill Mollisan-Self-sustaining agriculture, energy, and architecture
“State Solar Panels Are as Big an All Outdoors” by Marla Dickerson-Pro individualistic solar power, independent from "big energy"

-Wind, solar, hydro and other forms of power supply should be utilized in ratios that are best suited to the local area.
-New architecture should take advantage of natural heating cycles to reduce energy use.
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“A Closer Look at Climate Change” by Charles W. Schmidt is about scientists and the general public view climate change in 2010. One problem that scientists are dealing with is that the public has developed a small sense of distrust of scientists because if a scientist says that global warming is not occurring because of human activity, then those scientists are viewed as siding with the oil companies because of funding. There is also a huge amount of difference between scientists’ opinions about the causes and speed of global warming. Economic and political factors are also at play, in that it might be more cost-effective to pay for green technologies in the future, when they will be further developed. There is also a definite trend that less people think that global warming is occurring, but this may be partially due to social factors.
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-Intelligent design is a more correct interpretation of scientific data.
-Both evolution and creationism should be taught in schools.
-Homeschooling is better for students than public school.
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The article “The Creationist Down the Hall: Does It Matter When Teachers Teach Creationism?” by Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner is a scientific study over college freshmen’s views toward evolution and creationism and how they were taught in their high school biology class. Several results suggested from the study include that an unexpected amount of students were ok with creationism, students’ past experiences with the way creationism and evolution was dealt with in their high school highly influenced their views on these two topics, and biology majors and nonmajors views on creationism and evolution were similar. In addition, creationist teachers seem to be more common than previously thought.
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In the article The Pros and Cons of 'Intelligent design', Martin Poulsom argues that Intelligent Design is a more correct interpretation of the origin of life. He also argues that the counterarguments proposed against intelligent design are incorrect. Poulsom begins his argument by defining intelligent design and how relates to creationism and evolution. He then references several fallacies against intelligent design argued by various scientists and gives reasons why they are incorrect. He also identifies which aspects of the organ of life neither intelligent design nor evolution can explain. He then analyzes intelligent design from a theological perspective.
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