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# Educator: Some experimental educational programs,

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Educator: Some experimental educational programs, based on the principle that children 's first education should take place at home, instruct parents in how to be their child's "first teacher." The school perfomance of the children in these programs is better than average. This shows that these programs are successful and should be expanded.

Which one of the follovving, if true, most weakens the educator's argument?

(A) Not all small children enjoy being taught by their parents.
(B) Most of the parents participating in the programs have prior experience as educators.
(C) Surveys show that most parents would approve expanding the programs.
(D) The cost of expanding the programs has not been precisely determined.
(E) Some children who did not participate in the programs performed exceptionally well in school.

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29 Nov 2017, 22:47
Based upon better school performance of the children in these programs, the conclusion is that "home education" works.

Option B weakens this because it says that most of the parents participating in the programs have prior experience as educators. So, if this is the case, then it means that these children, while being schooled at home, were actually educated in a way similar to the education imparted in schools.

Hence, on the basis of the premise, we cannot conclude that "home education" works.
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23 Feb 2018, 20:39
The argument here is: The program is successful because children who participate in the program perform better than average, through their parent's participation in the program

We need to find an answer that give us doubt to this argument.

(A) is irrelevant because we want to investigate why the program is success and this answer provide us nothing about that
(C) is irrelevant because of the same idea
(D) is out of scope, cost have nothing to do with the program's succeeds
(E) is a tempting choice, but it's a trap answer, it tell us that some children who DID NOT participate in the program also do well in school, we only care about student who participate in the program, so cross out this answer.

(B) tell us that the parents can have experiences as educator, so it's possible that their children's performance is not resulted from the program, but from the parent's previous experiences. This answer clearly weaken the conclusion that the program is successful

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03 May 2018, 07:08
Educator: Some experimental educational programs, based on the principle that children’s first education should take place at home, instruct parents in how to be their child’s “first teacher.” The school performance of the children in these programs is better than average. This shows that these programs are successful and should be expanded. Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the educator’s argument?

A: Not all small children enjoy being taught by their parents.
B: Most of the parents participating in the programs have prior experience as educators.
C: Survey show that most parents would approve expanding the programs.
D: The cost of expanding programs has not been precisely determined.
E: Some children who did not participate in the programs performed exceptionally well in School.

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03 May 2018, 07:12
Most of the parents participating in the programs have prior experience as educators. Correct Answer - B

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03 May 2018, 08:47
Raksat wrote:
Educator: Some experimental educational programs, based on the principle that children’s first education should take place at home, instruct parents in how to be their child’s “first teacher.” The school performance of the children in these programs is better than average. This shows that these programs are successful and should be expanded. Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the educator’s argument?

A: Not all small children enjoy being taught by their parents.
B: Most of the parents participating in the programs have prior experience as educators.
C: Survey show that most parents would approve expanding the programs.
D: The cost of expanding programs has not been precisely determined.
E: Some children who did not participate in the programs performed exceptionally well in School.

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