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19 Oct 2010, 22:06
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21 Oct 2010, 11:07
A: The curricula of most art schools tend to reflect the needs of the art world - no effect on QS

B:There are some graduates of art schools who go on to careers within the art world - this weakens the QS

C:The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.
- the school is educating students to help them pursue in their respective (other) fields. This strengthens that yes, art schools are teaching students for other fields

D:People who intend to earn their livings in the field of art choose to go to art school to increase the quality of their work - no effect on QS

E:Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field - this again weakens, and is doing nothing to the criticism
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08 Jul 2012, 19:07
I understand why C looks like a good response to many respondents on this thread but that option contains an inherent leap in logic. Many reasons can account for students not getting jobs in art: based on that one premise in the stimulus, there is hardly anyway of putting the blame on that art schools just because they are not fulfilling their mandates of training students for art careers. Maybe the art schools are training students well, but the students bomb job interviews by showing up on interview day high as a kite

Might go with E. But overall, this is not a great CR question.

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12 Jul 2012, 12:01
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As I interpret the question, C is not at all a good answer here. Where does the OA come from?

The conclusion is that art schools are not preparing students for careers in art. That is, the conclusion is about what art schools *actually achieve*. Whether art schools are *trying* to train people for careers in art is irrelevant to what they actually *do*; intentions and results need not have any relationship. If I simplify the wording of the question, and insert answer choice C, I get:

Art school graduates are not getting jobs in the arts. The purpose of art schools is to train students for jobs in the arts. Therefore art schools are not successfully training students for jobs in the arts.

Inserting the second sentence does not change the argument in any way; the argument is just as successful if it is removed. Answer choice C would be a good answer if the conclusion was that art schools are not serving their purpose - we'd then need information about their purpose. But C does not strengthen the conclusion about career training. Whether art schools are trying to prepare students to work in the arts or to play backgammon, the conclusion can be just as true.

I'd add that the conclusion of the argument is open to different interpretations here, so I don't care for the wording of the question. If instead you interpret the conclusion as a general indictment of art schools - that is, you interpret it to mean 'art schools aren't doing what they're supposed to be doing' - then C is a more reasonable choice. But that's not how I interpret the question.

E is a much better answer. When reading just the stem, there's a perfectly plausible scenario that needs to be considered: perhaps art schools *are* doing a great job of preparing students for careers in the arts, but the students don't want those careers; maybe they do art as a hobby and they all want to be accountants. That is, the schools might not be to blame for the fact that their students don't choose a career in the arts. If that were the case, the criticism in the argument would be unfounded. We need to know here that the students actually *want* jobs in the arts -- if we know that the students *want* careers in art, and still can't get them after going to art school, then the art schools are truly failing to prepare these students for their chosen career. By addressing this issue, E strengthens the argument.

I'd add that one should ignore inessential differences in wording between the stem and an answer choice - you can't rule out E because it says 'earning their living' instead of 'making their careers'. Those phrases are synonymous.

If we think about E.. it could be that students want careers in art , art school does a good job , but the students are not good enough.

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C is correct because

The purpose of art schools is to train students for jobs in the arts or have a career in arts. Art school graduates are not getting jobs in the arts. Therefore there is some serious doubt on how art schools are preparing students for a career in arts.
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13 Jul 2012, 10:42
I'm not quite sure, but I think it is
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13 Jul 2012, 10:43
I'm not quite sure, but I think it is C.
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01 Dec 2013, 10:53
Premise: Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduates’ artistic training.

Conclusion: Art schools are not preparing their students well for careers in art.

In order to strengthen the conclusion, first look for any gaps between the stated premises and conclusion. Clearly, in the given argument, the so called gap is whether it is the job of art education system to make sure that the graduates of art field secure jobs in the same field. Otherwise, the education system cannot be criticized for graduates shifting to other fields to make their career. Now, the answer choice that strengthens the argument is the one that closes this gap. Choice C best meets our requirement.

If you look at choice E, it talks about the students' intention of earning their livings in the art field before attending schools. This choice tells nothing about the art education system and if the choice has anything to do, it weakens the argument. If the art education system is strong enough to provide jobs to graduates in art field, then there could be other reasons for students no longer having the intention of securing a job in art field and hence the art schools cannot be blamed.

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27 Dec 2013, 17:55
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Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduates’ artistic training. This has led to major doubts regarding how well the art schools are preparing their students for careers in art.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the author’s criticism of art schools?

A: The curricula of most art schools tend to reflect the needs of the art world.

B:There are some graduates of art schools who go on to careers within the art world.

C:The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.

D:People who intend to earn their livings in the field of art choose to go to art school to increase the quality of their work.

E:Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.

I'm still having problems with these if true questions. What's wrong with E? Is there a good shortcut to get them right like the negation test for assumptions?

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Close call between C and E

But in E ok so students attend with the intention of earning their livings in the art field. But what if they change their minds afterwards, it has nothing to do with the education recieved but more with their own decisions

That's why C is better

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30 Dec 2013, 04:50
I think the main confusing here is "their" in answer C.

If "their" refers to students, then the best answer needs to be E. C will be out of sense.

In "their" refers to schools, then the best answer is indeed C. E will not be the best answer.

This question is wordy....
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06 Oct 2016, 15:22
C weakens, E strengthens

C:The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.
This weakens the argument saying the main purpose of art school is to prepare the students to get the jobs and making them strong to ensure the job that students want. It means art schools are achiveing what they have to.

E:Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.
This is strengthening the conclusion saying art schools are failure, where students come to art schools to persue career in art, but after course they go for jobs no way related to art. It means the knowledge they get in schools is not sufficient or of mere waste in getting right jobs so students had to search for odd jobs.
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07 Oct 2016, 07:45
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C weakens, E strengthens

C:The purpose of an art school education is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields.
This weakens the argument saying the main purpose of art school is to prepare the students to get the jobs and making them strong to ensure the job that students want. It means art schools are achiveing what they have to.

E:Students attend art schools with the intention of earning their livings in the art field.
This is strengthening the conclusion saying art schools are failure, where students come to art schools to persue career in art, but after course they go for jobs no way related to art. It means the knowledge they get in schools is not sufficient or of mere waste in getting right jobs so students had to search for odd jobs.

C is strengthening. The passage states that Most graduates of art schools go on to support themselves with a variety of odd jobs that have little or nothing to do with the graduates’ artistic training. The purpose of the art schools is to ensure that students will be able to secure jobs in their fields. Thus school wants the students to get job in their fields, but the students are getting jobs in some other fields. Hence the art schools are NOT achieving what they want to.

E is out of scope. The argument is about whether the art schools are able to prepare the students properly - it does not matter for the argument what the students intend; the argument is about what the schools intend.
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