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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 qualitatively 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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Originally posted by Gmat1008 on 06 May 2015, 23:50.
Last edited by broall on 04 Oct 2017, 23:20, edited 1 time in total.
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This is a pretty simple critical reasoning question in that the correct answer addresses the overarching problem with the argument (as opposed to a potentially more subtle flaw). The author argues that educational television is a contradiction in terms (aka not educational), but his only line of reasoning is that television is different from a classroom. Each of the points that he makes refer to how television varies from a classroom, and this his overall assumption is that if it's not the same as what is done in a classroom, it cannot be educational. This leaves us with answer choice B.

There are some other smaller assumptions being made here that have to do with each of the points being touched upon (e.g. assuming that learning cannot take place with constantly changing visual images). Because the correct answer addresses such a glaring flaw, this is a pretty low percentile question.

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i eliminated option A, D and E n zeroed down to B and C and finally selected option C , which is wrong.

now when i again put options B and C into the premise, option B appears to be the clear winner.

in option B the word 'only' is restricting the scope, and it is restricting the television only for educational purpose and hence he is coming to the conclusion that educational television programs is contradictory.

in option C, the word 'some' is making it a weak contender. and it means educational television is for other purposes as well other than educational purpose.
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Hello,
In this question, does B mean this?
Educational experiences can happen only in school.
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Gmat1008 wrote:
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 qualitatively 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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Negation works perfect for this one. If the experiences outside of classroom is educational, then the argument fails, and hence (B) is the right choice.
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Gmat1008 wrote:
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 qualitatively better than most other television programs.
(E) The potential of television as a powerful learning tool has not yet been realized.

Only E makes sense.
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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.

Conclusion: Educational television is a contradiction in terms, means it is not what it is said to be.
Premise: Comparison between Classroom and Television is made and because television is not following classroom it is not valid means.

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.// Can't be assumption, Also remember never to take options with should as assumption//

(B) Only experiences that closely resemble what takes place in the school environment can be educational.//Correct: Creating relationship between premise and conclusion//

(C) Television programs reinforce some of the values of the school environment.// 'Some' is very vague term so most of the time it is wrong and in this case if television program reinforce some of the values of school then it is against the conclusion//

(D) Educational television programs are qualitatively better than most other television programs.// Out of scope. We are not concerned about other television programs//

(E) The potential of television as a powerful learning tool has not yet been realized.// Out of scope. Not a concern of this argument//

Hope this helps..
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