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Parents of high school students argue that poor attendance is the result of poor motivation. If students’ attitudes improve, regular attendance will result. The administration, they believe, should concentrate less on making stricter attendance policies and more on increasing students’ learning.

Which of the following, if true, would most effectively weaken the parents’ argument?


A. Motivation to learn can be improved at home, during time spent with parents.

B. The degree of interest in learning that a student develops is a direct result of the amount of time he or she spends in the classroom.

C. Making attendance policies stricter will merely increase students’ motivation to attend classes, not their interest in learning.

D. Showing a student how to be motivated is insufficient; the student must also accept responsibility for his or her decisions.

E. Unmotivated students do not perform as well in school as other students.

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Cause: Poor motivation
Effect: Poor attendance
Recommendation: More importance should be given to student learning than attendance

Possible weakener: Poor attendance might be the cause for poor motivation. So importance has to be given to attendance.

A. Motivation to learn can be improved at home, during time spent with parents. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

B. The degree of interest in learning that a student develops is a direct result of the amount of time he or she spends in the classroom. - Correct - Suggests that learning is directly related to attendance. So importance should be given to attendance.

C. Making attendance policies stricter will merely increase students’ motivation to attend classes, not their interest in learning. - Incorrect - Strengthener

D. Showing a student how to be motivated is insufficient; the student must also accept responsibility for his or her decisions. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

E. Unmotivated students do not perform as well in school as other students. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

Answer: B
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If we say A causes B then this causation would be weakened if we say that B causes A. choice B does exactly that.

Conclusion:
Learning ----> Attendence

choice B - Weakner
Attendence ----> Learning
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I feel that the question should be: "... weaken the administration's argument".

The administration's argument: Learning ----> Attendence
The parents' argument: Attendence ----> Learning
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I feel that the question should be: "... weaken the administration's argument".

The administration's argument: Learning ----> Attendence
The parents' argument: Attendence ----> Learning


It's perfect this way because the parents think that poor motivation causes poor attendance, and so the administration should focus on motivation instead of attendance (as they are currently doing).
If it is true that poor attendance causes poor motivation (reverse causality), then you weaken the parents' argument because this shows that the administration should focus on attendance rather than motivation.

B is the correct answer.
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