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The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 04:33
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The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher, Mr. Jordan, after the former math teacher retired. After Mr. Jordan had worked for a year, the principal received some unsavory reviews of his performance. In fact, five letters were received from students, all stating that they hated Mr. Jordan. The principal took these statements to heart and fired Mr. Jordan, assuming that if a few students did not like Mr. Jordan, then most others felt the same way.

All of the following, if true, cast doubt on the advisability of the principal’s decision to fire Mr. Jordan EXCEPT:
(A) Students who like a teacher are much less likely to tell anyone about it than students who dislike a teacher.
(B) Most students who took Mr. Jordan’s class hated the subject matter.
(C) Principals throughout the state receive an average of 10 complaint letters about each math teacher every year.
(D) The five letters did not explicitly state the name of the disliked teacher, but the principal assumed that since there had never been complaints about anyone before, the students must have been referring to Mr. Jordan.
(E) All teachers throughout the state get at least five complaint letters in their first year of teaching at a new school.
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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 19:30
Imo B

We have to select that option which does not doubt the decision of the principal

In option B it says most students hated which is the same as what principal assumed.



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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 23:19
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The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher, Mr. Jordan, after the former math teacher retired. After Mr. Jordan had worked for a year, the principal received some unsavory reviews of his performance. In fact, five letters were received from students, all stating that they hated Mr. Jordan. The principal took these statements to heart and fired Mr. Jordan, assuming that if a few students did not like Mr. Jordan, then most others felt the same way.

All of the following, if true, cast doubt on the advisability of the principal’s decision to fire Mr. Jordan EXCEPT:
(A) Students who like a teacher are much less likely to tell anyone about it than students who dislike a teacher.
(B) Most students who took Mr. Jordan’s class hated the subject matter.
(C) Principals throughout the state receive an average of 10 complaint letters about each math teacher every year.
(D) The five letters did not explicitly state the name of the disliked teacher, but the principal assumed that since there had never been complaints about anyone before, the students must have been referring to Mr. Jordan.
(E) All teachers throughout the state get at least five complaint letters in their first year of teaching at a new school.



Can someone explain the reasoning to eliminate C & E...!!!
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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 23:34
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The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher, Mr. Jordan, after the former math teacher retired. After Mr. Jordan had worked for a year, the principal received some unsavory reviews of his performance. In fact, five letters were received from students, all stating that they hated Mr. Jordan. The principal took these statements to heart and fired Mr. Jordan, assuming that if a few students did not like Mr. Jordan, then most others felt the same way.

All of the following, if true, cast doubt on the advisability of the principal’s decision to fire Mr. Jordan EXCEPT:
(A) Students who like a teacher are much less likely to tell anyone about it than students who dislike a teacher.
(B) Most students who took Mr. Jordan’s class hated the subject matter.
(C) Principals throughout the state receive an average of 10 complaint letters about each math teacher every year.
(D) The five letters did not explicitly state the name of the disliked teacher, but the principal assumed that since there had never been complaints about anyone before, the students must have been referring to Mr. Jordan.
(E) All teachers throughout the state get at least five complaint letters in their first year of teaching at a new school.



Can someone explain the reasoning to eliminate C & E...!!!


The task at hand is to eliminate those options which weaken/doubt the principal's decision to fire Mr. Jordan.

Answering to your doubt specifically -

C ) If it is a trend that an average of 10 complaint letters about each math teacher are received from students each year, it puts Mr. Jordan in good form who actually got only 5 letter in the previous year and hence should be instead rewarded for his performance. Since it doesn't justify Principal's decision, it should be eliminated.

E) Same as C, its a common thing that every teacher in state gets atleast 5 complaint letters in their first year, it will be wrong to fire Mr. Jordan who got just 5 letters in his first year. His performance has no bearing with the complaint letters which anyways everyone gets in their first year. So , eliminate E.

Even B, though mentions Subject as the primary reason for students' disgruntle, it also opens a possibility that the students might have started hating math since Mr. Jordan begun teaching it. So Choose B!

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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 23:35
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The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher, Mr. Jordan, after the former math teacher retired. After Mr. Jordan had worked for a year, the principal received some unsavory reviews of his performance. In fact, five letters were received from students, all stating that they hated Mr. Jordan. The principal took these statements to heart and fired Mr. Jordan, assuming that if a few students did not like Mr. Jordan, then most others felt the same way.

All of the following, if true, cast doubt on the advisability of the principal’s decision to fire Mr. Jordan EXCEPT:
(A) Students who like a teacher are much less likely to tell anyone about it than students who dislike a teacher.
(B) Most students who took Mr. Jordan’s class hated the subject matter.
(C) Principals throughout the state receive an average of 10 complaint letters about each math teacher every year.
(D) The five letters did not explicitly state the name of the disliked teacher, but the principal assumed that since there had never been complaints about anyone before, the students must have been referring to Mr. Jordan.
(E) All teachers throughout the state get at least five complaint letters in their first year of teaching at a new school.


Indirectly, we are supposed to find the choice that weakens the reason why the principal fired Mr.Jordan.
a) If the students, other than the five students, liked Mr.Jordan then its not necessary that they must tell this to the principle.
b) Irrelevant. So what if the students hated the subject.
c) If the average number of complaint letters received by the principals throughout the state is 10, and since # of letters received by the principal against Mr.Jordan is 5, then its clear that Mr.Jordan was doing a fine job and there must be some problem with the principal's brain when he fired him.
d) Poor assumption
e) If every teachers gets 5 complaints against him/her on an average, then whats wrong with Mr. Jordan when he also got not more than 5 letters.

Its not a GMAT type question. Those who are preparing for it, be wary.
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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 23:38
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Its not a GMAT type question. Those who are preparing for it, be wary.
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Why is it not a GMAT question? I've seen plenty such questions around.
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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 16:35
Aniketa wrote:
Marcab wrote:
Its not a GMAT type question. Those who are preparing for it, be wary.
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Why is it not a GMAT question? I've seen plenty such questions around.


Hi Aniteka.

This question comes from McGraw-Hill's LAST, 2011 Edition - 6 practice tests. Even though both LSAT and GMAT have CR, they are quite different. If you are really good in logical thinking and want to be challenged, LSAT - CR is the good source to practice. Otherwise, you will be better off to stick to GMAT-like questions.

If you want this material to practice. I'm more than happy to share.

Let me know, if you need help.

PS: I agree with Marcab, I will stick to GMAT-like questions.
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Re: The principal at Ames Middle School hired a new math teacher [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 21:02
Tnx Marcab & pqhai, will take a note.Agreed this was much more twisted & convoluted.
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