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# Columnist: Even if the primary purpose of university educat

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Columnist: Even if the primary purpose of university education is to make students employable, such education should emphasize the liberal arts rather than the more narrow kind of technical training that prepares one for a particular sort of job. This is because the reasoning skills one acquires from a liberal arts education allow one to adapt to new intellectual challenges and thus to perform jobs for which one has received no specialized training.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the columnist’s argument?

(A) It is better for people to have good educations than good jobs.
(B) Many people with narrow technical training manage to find jobs.
(C) Having a series of different jobs is more interesting than having only one job.
(D) Having a general understanding of life is more important than possessing practical skills.
(E) Technical training does not help students acquire reasoning skills.

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26 Jan 2019, 03:06
IMO E :
option E strengths the conclusion by stating that technical training does not help students acquire reasoning skills...

Columnist: Even if the primary purpose of university education is to make students employable, such education should emphasize the liberal arts rather than the more narrow kind of technical training that prepares one for a particular sort of job. This is because the reasoning skills one acquires from a liberal arts education allow one to adapt to new intellectual challenges and thus to perform jobs for which one has received no specialized training.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the columnist’s argument?

(A) It is better for people to have good educations than good jobs.
(B) Many people with narrow technical training manage to find jobs.
(C) Having a series of different jobs is more interesting than having only one job.
(D) Having a general understanding of life is more important than possessing practical skills.
(E) Technical training does not help students acquire reasoning skills.

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26 Jan 2019, 09:26
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Columnist: Even if the primary purpose of university education is to make students employable, such education should emphasize the liberal arts rather than the more narrow kind of technical training that prepares one for a particular sort of job. This is because the reasoning skills one acquires from a liberal arts education allow one to adapt to new intellectual challenges and thus to perform jobs for which one has received no specialized training.

Boil it down- university education should emphasize the liberal arts rather than the more narrow kind of technical training that prepares one for a particular sort of job

Type- strengthens

(A) It is better for people to have good educations than good jobs. - incorrect; good education and good jobs are out of scope.
(B) Many people with narrow technical training manage to find jobs. - weakens; contrary to the claim in the argument even tech training can help people find jobs
(C) Having a series of different jobs is more interesting than having only one job. -out of scope
(D) Having a general understanding of life is more important than possessing practical skills. - irrelevant; 'Having a general understanding of life' is too vague and is too big a shift from 'to adapt to new intellectual challenges'
(E) Technical training does not help students acquire reasoning skills.- Correct; it eliminates a potential weakener

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