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It’s time we stopped searching for new statistics to suggest that we are not spending enough on education. In fact, education spending increased 30 percent overall during the last decade.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) Despite increased spending on education, enrollment in our elementary and secondary schools declined about 4 percent during the last ten years.
(B) Our spending on gasoline increased more than 100 percent during the last decade.
(C) When adjusted for inflation, our per-pupil expenditure on education this year is less than it was ten years ago.
(D) Eleven other economically developed nations spend more on education than we do.
(E) The achievement levels of our students have been declining steadily since 1960, and the last decade produced no reversal in this trend.
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 05:09
In fact, education spending increased 30 percent overall during the last decade.

Evidence is that education spending increased over last decade by 30%

It’s time we stopped searching for new statistics to suggest that we are not spending enough on education.

Conclusion is to stop searching for new statistics or other wise saying that based on the stated evidence above, we are spending enough on education.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?

(A) Despite increased spending on education, enrollment in our elementary and secondary schools declined about 4 percent during the last ten years.

A is about enrollment and not about whether we are spending more or less

(B) Our spending on gasoline increased more than 100 percent during the last decade.

B Ok Gas spending has nothing to do with edu spending.

(C) When adjusted for inflation, our per-pupil expenditure on education this year is less than it was ten years ago.

offers counter evidence that we are not spending enough on education. Probably this is it??

(D) Eleven other economically developed nations spend more on education than we do.

Does it matter?

(E) The achievement levels of our students have been declining steadily since 1960, and the last decade produced no reversal in this trend.

Again irrelevant here.

My pick
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 07:40
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It’s time we stopped searching for new statistics to suggest that we are not spending enough on education. In fact, education spending increased 30 percent overall during the last decade.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Despite increased spending on education, enrollment in our elementary and secondary schools declined about 4 percent during the last ten years.
(B) Our spending on gasoline increased more than 100 percent during the last decade.
(C) When adjusted for inflation, our per-pupil expenditure on education this year is less than it was ten years ago.
(D) Eleven other economically developed nations spend more on education than we do.
(E) The achievement levels of our students have been declining steadily since 1960, and the last decade produced no reversal in this trend.


IMO C)
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 10:43
IMO C.

Everything else is out of scope
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 20:15
hibloom wrote:
It’s time we stopped searching for new statistics to suggest that we are not spending enough on education. In fact, education spending increased 30 percent overall during the last decade.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Despite increased spending on education, enrollment in our elementary and secondary schools declined about 4 percent during the last ten years. => enrollment is actualy irrelevant here we are talking about spending on education
(B) Our spending on gasoline increased more than 100 percent during the last decade. => irrelevant here
(C) When adjusted for inflation, our per-pupil expenditure on education this year is less than it was ten years ago. -> this is apt since though we are said to spend enough here we find per pupil money spent is less than 10 years ago. hence states that we are not spending more though overal spent amount increased
(D) Eleven other economically developed nations spend more on education than we do. -> irrelevant
(E) The achievement levels of our students have been declining steadily since 1960, and the last decade produced no reversal in this trend. -> this is irtrelevant


Clearly C
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 10:21
Another C.

We already spent 30% more than last decade; therefore we stopped searching for any statistics related to minute spending on education. Any statement, which could reveal that actually we are spending less than what we did in previous years, will definitely intrigue us.
A: Enrollment is not the point of discussion
B: Gasoline I OOS
C: True, shows the difference
D: But how it affects our discussion?
E: Achievement is not the point of discussion
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 18:10
i also thought C but i am confused y it can t be A maybe the 30pc increase was because 4 pc decline in enrollment and not because the authority actually increased the spending.
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2008, 02:33
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 06:43
It's a clear C. Yeah
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 07:07
IMO C.

All other options are out of scope..
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 08:13
I would go with C
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 08:34
My choice is C too
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 15:19
C.

I guess one of the very few questions on which all members are unanimous with their answers :)
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 16:32
Yea, definitely C, so far one of the easier weaken Qs that I have come across. ;-)
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 16:57
i went with C since it closely indicates that the expediture has gone down per-pupil ie: inflation could be eating into the budgets and hence the 30% wasnt enough. thanks icandy for stating conclusion clearly.
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 18:12
Clearly, C
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 19:18
I chose C as well, but I thought D was a strong contender as well, considering the fact that our spending could've been very low to start with, a decade ago, so 30% higher is not much compared to other developed nations. But I agree that its a bit out of scope.
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 22:42
+1 for C,

Conclusion :education spending increased 30 %

Assumption : There is a spending on the eduction

We need to weaken the assumption , the amount has increased due to inflation but not with any other reason. i.e. directly weaking the argument.
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 00:51
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Re: CR Education statistics [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 02:32
IMO C.
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