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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.
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A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook. - Support's the principal's conclusion. Hence, correct !

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam. - weakens the principal's conclusion
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics. - weakens the principal's conclusion

D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years. - weakens the principal's conclusion

E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation. - weakens the principal's conclusion
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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.

B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

'C' states book is outdated for two years therefore we need to work on academic more to improve perfomance.
Hence 'C' strengthen the argument rather weaken.
Correct if my reasoning for option 'C' is wrong.

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27 Jan 2013, 04:19
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IMO B. The stem is talking about the relationship of sports and low passing exam rate. The principle based his plan of discontinueing the sports on that sports is the cause of low acadamic performance. Only B, most sports members are among the half who pass the exams, suggests that extracurricular programs don't result in bad exam perfromance.

C is out of scope.

That means B weakens the principals conclusion. The questions asks which option does not. I choose A because if more funds are allocated towards sports than books, and test scores are low, the principals findings are supported.

The principal supports that "our attention" (from School pov) needs to be refocused.

A) If the money spent on sports was a surplus, it was not affecting academics. Casts doubt.
B) The principal complains that half of the students did bad because of sports, but this premise clearly contradicts it. Casts doubt.
C) Without a plan, refocusing would serve to no avail. Casts doubt.
D) Correct. The math and science textbooks may be outdated because not enough attention has been put in updating them.
E) Are the Principal's standards different to those of the State? Who is right? Casts doubt.

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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A) A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B) Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C) The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D) The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E) Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

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I choose B, Explanation provided points to B but the answer is A, Can some one explain this.

Thanks.

The passage states that extra-curricular activities are a waste of time, hence should be eliminated.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A) A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B) Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.

B states that most of the sport team members performed well in the exam, so it seems that the extra curr activities are no cause of bad accademic performance.
If this would be the case, then the players should have not passed or should have performed poorly in the exam, because of extra-curr activities.
The pricipal's conclusion is weakened.

A states that school's resurces were spent on transportation for the football team, hence were subtracted from accademic purposes. This supports the principal's claim that school resurces could be reallocated.
The pricipal's argument "I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year" is NOT weakened by this option.

Hope it's clear
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01 Feb 2014, 06:33
EXCEPT QUESTION-----
In such i follow elimination process....eliminate all weakners........

conclusion- discontinue sports will improve schools education........
weakner-- discontinuing sports will not improve education.....

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook....not a weakener as discontinuing sports will improve education by buying new book editions... CORRECT.
B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam....hence...discontinuing sports will not improve education
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.since he does not have a plan ,discontinuing sports will not improve education
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.since outdated books is a reason for poor education, discontinuing sports will not improve education
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation....hence discontinuing sports will not improve education...it is good anyway

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17 Mar 2014, 13:57
I go for E..
This is definitely not a good question..

My perspective on A..The Principal had surplus resources last year & still choose to spend them on the football team rather than on updating books

So this weakens the conclusion " discontinuing school sports will improve academics" as Principal anyways did not choose to prioritize education last year.

Also it does not support the basis for the above conclusion which was: "extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics" & not funds

As for E : "Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation."

E aptly fits because the principal never talked about the students just passing the graduation exams...His intention was clear " to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam "

So E : "Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation."
It does not weaken the conclusion (Although it does not strengthen it too)

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High School Principal: There is little doubt that extra-curricular activities such as sports teams waste the time students could better spend on academics. Close to half the students in this school barely passed the math and science portions of the graduation exam. Clearly, our attention needs to be refocused. In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year.

EACH of the following, if true, casts doubt on the principal’s conclusion that discontinuing school sports will improve academics EXCEPT

A)A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook.
B)Most members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.
C)The principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
D)The school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.
E)Even though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation.

Conclusion: In order to improve our school’s performance on the graduation exam, I propose that we discontinue all school sports beginning next year
Here the principal assumes sprots is responsible for bad performance.
If we will show, sprorts is not responsible for low grade then that will weaken the principal clain.

With this in our mind, let's look inro answer choice

A)Not a weakner A surplus in last year’s school budget was spent on transportation for the football team rather than on buying a new available edition of the school’s science textbook. It doesn't matter where the surplus amount is spent. This option doesn't impact principal calim in any way.
B)WeaknerMost members of school sports teams were in the half of students that easily passed the graduation exam.This option tells us that most of the students who are in sports team passed the exam. It means other students who are not the member of sports teams failed in the exam. So banning all sports will not help school
C)WeaknerThe principal does not have a specific plan for re-focusing the school’s resources on academics.
Even if principal bans sports but if he doesn't have any specific plan then banning sports might help him improve performance of school.
D)WeaknerThe school’s math and science textbooks have been outdated for two years.[color=#003663This option shows that poor performance is because of outdated textbook.[/color]
E)WeaknerEven though the principal claims that half the school’s students “barely passed” the graduation exam, they did meet the state’s minimum requirements for graduation. This option shows that school performance matches with the standard of state. So banning sports is not very helpful
HENCE A
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