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1. Educational television is a contradiction in terms. While a classroom encourages social interaction, television encourages solitude. School is centered on the development of language, but television depends upon constantly changing visual images. And in a classroom, fun is merely a means to an end. But on television it is the end in itself.

Upon which one of the following assumptions does the author rely in the passage?

(A) The classroom should not be a place where anyone has fun.
(B) Only experiences that closely resemble what takes place in the school environment can be educational.
(C) Television programs reinforce some of the values of the school environment.
(D) Educational television programs are better than most other television programs.
(E) The potential of television as a powerful learning tool has not yet been realized.
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20 Mar 2004, 21:59
Anyone want to take a short at why B is correct?
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20 Mar 2004, 22:57
Throughout the whole excerpt, the author is contrasting school and television in order to prove that "Educational television is a contradiction in terms". In other words, author is saying that television cannot resemble schools. B points out the assumption that only the way schools teach things is considered educational and yet, television in no way resembles that. If you negate the assumption and say that you can also learn in other ways than what the school environment teach you, then the argument would not stand and there would be no contradition in the two terms. Rather, the two terms would co-exist without contradicting each other.
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