What is a suitable thesis for a Philosophy paper discussing education, curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, and classroom management?

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A thesis statement is meant to be a road map of your paper. It is going to be an interpretation of what the subject is. It should be a well written single sentence in the first paragraph of your paper and will also be a statement that some will agree with and others will disagree with. In other words, you will want to make an argument. Here are some questions you will ask yourself once you have written your thesis statement:

  • Do I answer the question?
  • Is my thesis statement specific or is it too broad?
  • Does my paper support what my thesis is asking?
  • Does my thesis pass the "how and why?" test?-this means that your thesis should not be too open ended. The reader should know exactly what you are getting at.
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This is a very broad topic.  I think that the first step that has to be taken in forming any thesis statement would be to ensure that what you are going to write about is consistent with the evidence and analysis that you possess.  Bearing this in mind, I would strongly suggest that you analyze what you have in your possession and what you are going to use as referential points in your paper.  As you survey the topics at hand, what are you going to argue in terms of the purpose of education, or pedagogy, or classroom management?  You should have some findings or data that would help guide you to forming a belief on these areas, and this can become the thesis statement that you will enhance and prove in the course of your paper.

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