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Parent P: Children will need computer skills to deal with tomorrow’s world. Computers should be introduced in kindergarten, and computer languages should be required in high school.
Parent O: That would be pointless. Technology advances so rapidly that the computers used by today’s high schools would become obsolete by the time these children are adults.
Which one of the following, if true, is the strongest logical counter parent P can make to parent Q’s objection?
(A) When technology is advancing rapidly, regular training is necessary to keep one’s skills at a level proficient enough to deal with the society in which one lives.
(B) Throughout history people have adapted to change, and there is no reason to believe that today’s children are not equally capable of adapting to technology as it advances.
(C) In the process of learning to language, children increase their ability to interact with computer technology.
(D) Automotive technology is continually advancing too, but that does not result in one’s having to relearn to drive cars as the new advances are incorporated into new automobiles.
(E) Once people have graduated from high school, they have less time to learn about computers and technology than they had during their schooling years.
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11 Dec 2010, 08:58
I say D
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12 Dec 2010, 00:55
i can't fully understand option C: (C) In the process of learning to language, children increase their ability to interact with computer technology. --- "learning to" can't be right

I'd go with option B based on the rest - with this even if tech advance and obsolescence happens --- the acquisition of skills in high schools will not be "pointless" as children can adapt to tech advances
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12 Dec 2010, 01:51
I say D.. whats the OA?
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12 Dec 2010, 03:18
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I can't u/stand option C -- it says something about language -- "learning to"??...
High school kids learn comp "language" in the question stem --- so enhanced "ability to interact" prevents obsolescence may be a counter. Parent 0 only mentions computers in "high schools" not kindergarten. The high schoolers learn comp language based on Parent P's remark... C ties all these aspects together..

re D: citing auto.. tech in my view can not be a logical counter. it is a completely different kind of technology and any rational human being will immediately say: your example doesn't work as you are comparing apples to oranges.
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12 Dec 2010, 04:53
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it is a completely different kind of technology and any rational human being will immediately say: your example doesn't work as you are comparing apples to oranges.

It sounds like an assumption...
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12 Dec 2010, 05:30
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what sounds like an assumption?
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12 Dec 2010, 05:39
you can google - D can not be the answer as citing the example of an unrelated industry is not a logical counter argument. The unwarranted assumption you then make is that what stands true for auto also necessarily applies to comps and the skills can be acquired in the same way and that may not be true

http://www.beatthegmat.com/children-will-t25365.html
http://www.beatthegmat.com/parents-p-and-q-t37393.html
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-critica ... -will.html
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12 Dec 2010, 06:45
Straight C ..
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12 Dec 2010, 13:05
tenaman10 wrote:
Straight C ..

Could u pls elaborate ? i didnt find it so easy
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12 Dec 2010, 13:10
I think Q s statement is not clear.Q brings up the possibility of computers becoming obsolete and option C speaks of computer technology.
If C is the correct answer then we are assuming that computers become obsolete and new devices are invented which are form of computer technology .
I think the stimulus ( ie Qs opinion) is confusing.
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13 Dec 2010, 05:20
Someone please explain me C..........for me the answer does not make sense...
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Someone please explain me C..........for me the answer does not make sense...

According to C, what if the computers become obsolete , the technology will continue to remain and newer devices will be invented.So i knows computer languages, he knows how to work with technology and if the next day computers become obsolete , one will still be able to work with newer devices because he is already acquainted with technology and so he will be able to adapt
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13 Dec 2010, 06:41
I can't make head or tail of C as written - what does "In the process of learning to language" --> what is learning to language?? it just mentions the key phrase "language" --- but one can't u/stand this as written and one can only guess

(C) In the process of learning to language, children increase their ability to interact with computer technology.
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13 Dec 2010, 07:14
People, learning to Language means learning to create language. Now I surmise no one would doubt the OA.

As in example"He is learning to dance"

Q is too subtle : computer languages should be required in high school, this can be either the students are expected to learn language or crate language.
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13 Dec 2010, 08:00
Hmm can the word "language" ever be used that way in English? I've goggled and checked 3 english dictionaries I have - no help. How did you figure it means "creating" language?

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13 Dec 2010, 09:06
It might be that as I am a techie, I got it at the first glance. Moreover other choices, other than D are not good.
Automative technology might be developing, but that does not stress completely that the way we drive is gonna change - Per se this choice is too narrow
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It might be that as I am a techie, I got it at the first glance. Moreover other choices, other than D are not good.
Automative technology might be developing, but that does not stress completely that the way we drive is gonna change - Per se this choice is too narrow
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13 Dec 2010, 22:02
i am not a techie. i am a lawyer... hope i don't see any techie-type questions on the real deal! but i am still 90% sure there is a typo in that sentence...
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13 Dec 2010, 22:39
Its really very confusing.....
Definetly during exam, in limited time , C will not strike in fist go...
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