free college tuition offers strong critical thinkers plenty of delicious arguments.

Assignment: Mapping Exercise
The debate regarding free college tuition offers strong critical thinkers plenty of delicious arguments. Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the idea of free college tuition was often brought up by potential presidential candidates. The arguments for and against free college tuition were made by proponents and opponents of both sides and the supporters and detractors of every major candidate. Media continues to regularly report on the pros and cons of free college as this is no longer only a presidential candidate topic.
Free public college tuition is a hot topic right now and one ripe with critical thinking arguments from both sides.
This exercise may challenge not only your analytical skills, but also your ability to remain objective and “above the fray” as you dig out the reasons, counterarguments, intermediary claims, and, the unspoken assumptions.
When you analyze another’s argument, your opinion has no place in the analysis. As you analyze the arguments in this assignment’s article, it does not matter on which side you fall when talking about free public college tuition. Strong critical thinkers never interject their own opinion into the argument analysis of others.
Just like when we analyze another’s argument, when we map another’s argument, we utilize the precise language of the speaker or writer. We never interject our own language into a map of another’s argument.
You must use the mapping conventions from our textbook, Chapter 5. You must use these exact conventions when mapping to earn full points on any mapping assignment.
Assignment Directions:
Read the article Free College – Top 3 Pros and Cons, Britannica, 2019.
You will complete two maps:
One map will detail the article’s “pro” arguments.
One map will detail the article’s “con” arguments.
Make sure your maps are complete. This means you will include in your maps all of the arguments presented in the article for both sides of this issue.
Remember what last week’s “Overview” told us: “We are mapping the validity of an argument. We start with the claim, then work backwards, mapping the reasons for the claims.”
So, let’s start with the claims and determine these right now.
The “pro” map’s claim: “Public College Should be Tuition-Free”
The “con” map’s claim: “Public College Should Not be Tuition-Free”
From where are these claims derived? From the article, of course! Immediately prior to the table detailing the top three arguments for and against free college tuition, the table itself is entitled “Should Public College be Tuition-Free?”. It is important to understand claims are not arbitrarily determined; again, we must use the exact claim(s) and language made by the person(s) making an argument.
Now that we have determined the claims for each of the two maps, you will begin mapping the reasons for these two claims. Hint: each map has more than six reasons and some reasons overlap each other.
Use Chapter 5 to help you decide the correct mapping visuals. Use the Chapter 5 PowerPoint for additional information on creating maps. For your convenience, Chapter 5’s table which details the correct mapping conventions is below.
Mapping Conventions Chart
After studying the week’s material, you should be able to:
6.1 Display the analyses of arguments using argument maps, showing where appropriate the final conclusion, various lines of reasoning used, and implicit but unspoken reasons.
6.2 Given more complex conversations containing multiple pro and con arguments made in a given context, analyze and map those arguments including the divergent conclusions being advocated and the counterarguments presented to the reasons advanced.
6.3 Apply argument-mapping techniques to display analyses of decision-making.
Focus Questions Focus Questions
Keep the following questions in mind as you work through week 6 tasks:
1. How can I extend mapping techniques to represent complex pro-and-con decision-making?
2. How can I use my analytical skills to discover the reasons people advance on behalf of the claims they make?

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