Differentiating Reasoning

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Differentiating Reasoning
CRT 205
August 21, 2011

Article #1: "Homeschoolers Deserve Equal Access to Extracurricular Activities."
In this article I believe that the author used a deductive argument. The issue described pertains to the population of home schooled children in the state of Alabama having the right to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities. The author argues several points that lead to the same conclusion; that homeschoolers have the same right to join extracurricular sports in the community as public or private school children.
“Interscholastic extracurricular activities are an important complement to the academic curriculum. Participation in a comprehensive extracurricular and academic program contributes to student development of the social and intellectual skills necessary to become a well-rounded adult.”
“Public schools do not "own" competitive athletics; they belong to the students, their families, and the residents of Alabama.”
Several valid premises are made through this argument that I believe make it deductive. “A homeschooled student is a student just the same as a public or private schooled student and therefore deserves equal and fair treatment, especially by the state sponsored educational establishment. This should apply to athletics as well as academics.” Another point that was made, that I find to be a little disturbing, is the premise that an illegal immigrant can enroll a child into our public school system giving them an education and allowing them to participate in extracurricular activities. So why is it that a legal citizen enrolling in extracurricular activities an issue? It shouldn’t be especially if they are obtaining a valid home schooled education.
The final point I found that I believe makes this argument deductive is the premise of paying taxes. “All parents pay taxes to…...

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