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Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduates’ artistic training. This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the author’s criticism of art schools?

a) The curricula of most art schools tend to reflect the needs of the art world.

b) There are some graduates of art schools who go on to careers within the art world.

c) The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.

d) People who intend to earn their livings in the field of art choose to go to art school to increase the quality of their work.

e) Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.

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21 Jul 2007, 12:10
I would say C. If students are not receiving jobs in the art field then the schools are not performing.
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22 Jul 2007, 12:11
Why not E ?

Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field

but they are not getting a job in the art field so school is not doing its job well .
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22 Jul 2007, 12:50
I say E.

If they go with the intention of having art careers, but they don't end up doing that, then this might lead to doubts about how well the schools are preparing them.
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22 Jul 2007, 14:34
I like this discussion ... will post the OA later
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22 Jul 2007, 15:33
I say C.
E confirms that the students join art schools to get a job in art, but this has nothing to do with the purpose of an art school.
C is more relevant to the argument
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22 Jul 2007, 19:09
How abt D??
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22 Jul 2007, 19:57
Actually C,D,E can all "strengthen the author’s criticism of art schools"
But C strengthens the most.
I think it is a matter of personal choice here... OA can be different.
Anyway.. would be nice to verify once....OA???
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23 Jul 2007, 07:31
the author is criticising the quality of education and not the students partaking in this education, hence to strengthen the argument we must strongly draw criticism to the education provided by arts schools and its relevance in the working world.

C strengthens the authors argument by showing that the purpose of the education in arts is to eventually lead to jobs in the field of arts which it has failed to do.
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23 Jul 2007, 11:20
Between C and E, I choose E.
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23 Jul 2007, 11:51
C for reasonings above
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24 Jul 2007, 09:40
How in the world does a student's intention question a whole art curriculum??...Beats me.

E is irrelevant...If u intend to become a CEO of a company(big dreams) and end up as an employee would u blame ur college for that.

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24 Jul 2007, 10:01
Author has issues with the institutions not with the students. D and E are more related to students.

Only C, IMHO, clearly states that critics/author is right and schools are not living for what they designed for.
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24 Jul 2007, 10:04
C seems to win by a nose to me.
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24 Jul 2007, 10:41
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Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduates’ artistic training. This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the author’s criticism of art schools?

a) The curricula of most art schools tend to reflect the needs of the art world.

b) There are some graduates of art schools who go on to careers within the art world.

c) The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.

d) People who intend to earn their livings in the field of art choose to go to art school to increase the quality of their work.

e) Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.

C for me.
REasoning; premise talks about careers and the whole argument seems to revolve around career in art after college. C strengthens this by stating that pupose of the school is that students are able to get jobs.
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24 Jul 2007, 15:26
Great job, everybody! The OA is C
24 Jul 2007, 15:26
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