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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.
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04 May 2010, 03:39
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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

'C' and 'A' are close. In 'C' principal himself counter his claim to discontinue school sports next year, in a way casting doubt on his own conclusion. Hence picked 'A'( no effect on concusion). Wats OA???
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04 May 2010, 11:50
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29 May 2010, 02:26
I go for E. In A, it says that enough funds were not spent on books, thereby decreasing the performance . So, seems to support the Principal.

What is the OA?
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I go for E. In A, it says that enough funds were not spent on books, thereby decreasing the performance . So, seems to support the Principal.

What is the OA?

Actually, we need to choose the answer that will support the Principal's argument. That's why A is the best choice.
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It should be A.

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook. - Support's the principal's conclusion. Hence, correct !

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam. - weakens the principal's conclusion
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics. - weakens the principal's conclusion

D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years. - weakens the principal's conclusion

E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation. - weakens the principal's conclusion
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23 Jan 2011, 09:21
A is clearly irrelevant.
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16 Jun 2013, 14:52
High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A) A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B) Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C) The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D) The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E) Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

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16 Jun 2013, 15:04
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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A) A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B) Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C) The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D) The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E) Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

I choose B, Explanation provided points to B but the answer is A, Can some one explain this.

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16 Jun 2013, 15:15
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I choose B, Explanation provided points to B but the answer is A, Can some one explain this.

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The passage states that extra-curricular activities are a waste of time, hence should be eliminated.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A) A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B) Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.

B states that most of the sport team members performed well in the exam, so it seems that the extra curr activities are no cause of bad accademic performance.
If this would be the case, then the players should have not passed or should have performed poorly in the exam, because of extra-curr activities.
The pricipal's conclusion is weakened.

A states that school's resurces were spent on transportation for the football team, hence were subtracted from accademic purposes. This supports the principal's claim that school resurces could be reallocated.
The pricipal's argument "I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year" is NOT weakened by this option.

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16 Jun 2013, 15:41
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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

'C' and 'A' are close. In 'C' principal himself counter his claim to discontinue school sports next year, in a way casting doubt on his own conclusion. Hence picked 'A'( no effect on concusion). Wats OA???

Well, this is casting doubt in his abilities. So i will kick C out. The only options that i am struggling with is option A and D. But on further thinking you can eliminate D as it if something else was responsible for low grades Ex- old books. Hence A.
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16 Jun 2013, 18:13
I think it's "A" because it strengthens the principal's claims!
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31 Jan 2014, 14:05
Pl all you check your options its not option A, actually A is weakening the argument.

First of all the issue is not about the resource or budget spent on sports but the time of students spent in playing. secondly, this statements tell that the money was not available to buy new editions of books.Therefore, it creates a possible reason as the lack of advanced books to study not the sports.

Let me know if you want to know right answer.

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01 Feb 2014, 01:05
i could only think of A. Please let me know if the reasoning is correct

ISB2011 wrote:
High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

It implies that we need to strengthen the conclusion => that somehow sports in hampering students performance in maths and science.

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
This implies that sports is taking away the budget (although surplus). Some sort of correlation between sports and poor performance on science

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
This implies that its not necessary that students involved in sports perform badly in exams.

C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
This does not strengthen principal's claim. Remember we are looking for strengthener. One which can prove some correlation between sports and performance in maths/science.

D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
Again this one suggests that outdated textbooks and not sports is the reason for poor performance in maths/science.

E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.
this is out of scope since we want a correlation between sports and poor performance, but this suggest about the min requirements. We dont care about graduation requirements.

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01 Feb 2014, 05:33
EXCEPT QUESTION-----
In such i follow elimination process....eliminate all weakners........

conclusion- discontinue sports will improve schools education........
weakner-- discontinuing sports will not improve education.....

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook....not a weakener as discontinuing sports will improve education by buying new book editions... CORRECT.
B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam....hence...discontinuing sports will not improve education
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.since he does not have a plan ,discontinuing sports will not improve education
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.since outdated books is a reason for poor education, discontinuing sports will not improve education
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation....hence discontinuing sports will not improve education...it is good anyway

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17 Mar 2014, 12:57
I go for E..
This is definitely not a good question..

My perspective on A..The Principal had surplus resources last year & still choose to spend them on the football team rather than on updating books

So this weakens the conclusion " discontinuing school sports will improve academics" as Principal anyways did not choose to prioritize education last year.

Also it does not support the basis for the above conclusion which was: "extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics" & not funds

As for E : "Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation."

E aptly fits because the principal never talked about the students just passing the graduation exams...His intention was clear " to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam "

So E : "Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation."
It does not weaken the conclusion (Although it does not strengthen it too)

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JusTLucK04 wrote: My perspective on A..The Principal had surplus resources last year & still choose to spend them on the football team rather than on updating books

So this weakens the conclusion " discontinuing school sports will improve academics" as Principal anyways did not choose to prioritize education last year

A in fact strengthens the conclusion of the principal!!
imagine a situation where X -------> leading to Y
X is: spending more time+effort (in terms of money)on sports

now what does does option A says: A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook
----->in a way A is suggesting that X is INDEED leading to Y, SO it strengthens the conclusion of principal who is asking to spend less efforts on sports in order to improve the results !!
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JusTLucK04 wrote: My perspective on A..The Principal had surplus resources last year & still choose to spend them on the football team rather than on updating books

So this weakens the conclusion " discontinuing school sports will improve academics" as Principal anyways did not choose to prioritize education last year

A in fact strengthens the conclusion of the principal!!
imagine a situation where X -------> leading to Y
X is: spending more time+effort (in terms of money)on sports

now what does does option A says: A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook
----->in a way A is suggesting that X is INDEED leading to Y, SO it strengthens the conclusion of principal who is asking to spend less efforts on sports in order to improve the results !!

Re attempted it today...Go with A..but I still don't see how E fits in the 'weakening the conclusion' picture.
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