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Although after-school sports can improve the health and well-being of a child, over-commitment to sports activities can have an adverse affect on a child's grades. The time children spend playing sports is time not spent doing their homework and studying. Therefore, students who spend much of their time after school playing sports are at a significant disadvantage in the classroom compared with kids who do not play sports.

Which of the following statements, if true, most effectively weakens the conclusion of the argument above?

A) Many student athletes have stated that they find it difficult to find a balance between their commitment to their sports team and their commitment to schoolwork.
B) The skills learned through playing sports, such as teamwork and dedication are not always directly transferable to the classroom.
C) A recent survey showed that kids who play sports after school spend at least one hour studying each night.
D) Some kids who do not play sports participate in other time-intensive after-school activities such as plays, choirs and dance ensembles.
E) Most after-school sports programs require only two hours of practice per day.
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Although after-school sports can improve the health and well-being of a child, over-commitment to sports activities can have an adverse affect on a child's grades. The time children spend playing sports is time not spent doing their homework and studying. Therefore, students who spend much of their time after school playing sports are at a significant disadvantage in the classroom compared with kids who do not play sports.

Which of the following statements, if true, most effectively weakens the conclusion of the argument above?

A) Many student athletes have stated that they find it difficult to find a balance between their commitment to their sports team and their commitment to schoolwork.

Strengthens.

B) The skills learned through playing sports, such as teamwork and dedication are not always directly transferable to the classroom.

More along the strengthening lines. Definitely does not weaken.

C) A recent survey showed that kids who play sports after school spend at least one hour studying each night.

Somewhat tempting, but the argument states that students who spend time playing sports are at a disadvantage compared to kids who do not play sports. We have no comparison point to the other kids, so we don't know if one hour of studying is a relatively large or small amount.

D) Some kids who do not play sports participate in other time-intensive after-school activities such as plays, choirs and dance ensembles.

Correct. This directly implies that at least some kids who do not play sports spend a significant amount of doing other activities, which eliminates the advantage that the argument puts forth.

E) Most after-school sports programs require only two hours of practice per day.

Similar to C, we don't have a relative comparison here to the other kids.

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Although after-school sports can improve the health and well-being of a child, over-commitment to sports activities can have an adverse affect on a child's grades. The time children spend playing sports is time not spent doing their homework and studying. Therefore, students who spend much of their time after school playing sports are at a significant disadvantage in the classroom compared with kids who do not play sports.

Students who play after-school sports are at a disadvantage in the classroom compared to kids who don't play sports because they have less time for homework.

Which of the following statements, if true, most effectively weakens the conclusion of the argument above?

A) Many student athletes have stated that they find it difficult to find a balance between their commitment to their sports team and their commitment to schoolwork.out of scope
B) The skills learned through playing sports, such as teamwork and dedication are not always directly transferable to the classroom.out of scope
C) A recent survey showed that kids who play sports after school spend at least one hour studying each night. We have no comparison for kids who don't play sports
D) Some kids who do not play sports participate in other time-intensive after-school activities such as plays, choirs and dance ensembles.Kids who don't play sports also have time consuming activities that take away from homework time, thus placing them at no greater advantage than kids who play sports.
E) Most after-school sports programs require only two hours of practice per day.out of scope
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The argument is good, but answers are poorly constructed, please someone explain why my reasoning is flawed.

The conclusion: students who spend much of their time after school playing sports are at a significant disadvantage in the classroom compared with kids who do not play sports
Pre-thinking:
In order to weaken the argument we must show that the kids who don't do sports:
1. Spent time after-school doing other activities but sport
2. Kids who do sports spent the same time on homework as other kids

A) Many student athletes have stated that they find it difficult to find a balance between their commitment to their sports team and their commitment to schoolwork. - Commitment has nothing to do with argument, thus Out of Scope
B) The skills learned through playing sports, such as teamwork and dedication are not always directly transferable to the classroom. - strengthen
C) A recent survey showed that kids who play sports after school spend at least one hour studying each night. - could be BE, but we know nothing to other kids who don't do sports. They might spent 1 hour as well or more.
D) Some kids who do not play sports participate in other time-intensive after-school activities such as plays, choirs and dance ensembles. - SOME, it could be 1% of KIDS who do not play sports or 99%. So let's imagine we have a class of 100 students, 20 of them do sports, 80 don't. Out of those 80, let's take it to extremes:
1 kid participates in other activities - does this weaken the argument? NO, cause 1 kid doesnt represent majority. Cause 79 kids might spend time doing homework.
79 kids participate - this does weaken.
But testing extreme didn't provide solid answer.
I would agree with this answer, if it stated:
ALL
Majority
or Simply KIDS

E) Most after-school sports programs require only two hours of practice per day. - OFS, cause we don't care about program length

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option A, B and E are out of scope options so eliminate
infact option A and B are sort of strong or weak strengtheners
option C talks about some kids and also we don't know if 1 hr of studying is enough or not
option D tells us that some kids who do not play sports after school are engaged in some other activities and thus a weakener
Correct answer - D

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Although after-school sports can improve the health and well-being of a child, over-commitment to sports activities can have an adverse affect on a child's grades. The time children spend playing sports is time not spent doing their homework and studying. Therefore, students who spend much of their time after school playing sports are at a significant disadvantage in the classroom compared with kids who do not play sports.

Which of the following statements, if true, most effectively weakens the conclusion of the argument above?

A) Many student athletes have stated that they find it difficult to find a balance between their commitment to their sports team and their commitment to schoolwork.
B) The skills learned through playing sports, such as teamwork and dedication are not always directly transferable to the classroom.
C) A recent survey showed that kids who play sports after school spend at least one hour studying each night.
D) Some kids who do not play sports participate in other time-intensive after-school activities such as plays, choirs and dance ensembles.
E) Most after-school sports programs require only two hours of practice per day.


Isnt the some kids misleading in option D here?
Hence i chose option C. :(

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D...basically because a couple of kids are into after school activities as theater hence not having sufficient time to study validates that kids playing sports after school are not at a disavantage with school grades.....not clear that is a solid argument, unless we assume that some might related over 50 % in which case would be the majority then it would level students playing sports with those not playing sports...
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