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# Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job.

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10 Dec 2006, 22:55
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

This one actually should be relatively easy. We want to explain why parents in high score districts complains more. All explanations that says something about high score districts may be a possible explanation. However, B didn't single out high score district. If parents did not know their district's score, there should be equal chance of a complaining parent coming from a low score district and a high score district. In other words B did not explain the paradox.
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10 Dec 2006, 23:14
Seems CR is not so easy.. Wish I had had a logic course during my UG..

Several ways to look at the same things, and answer differently.. but there is only one right way... I was thinking the same, however when someone says OA is different, one has to scratch his head a little bit..

how do we know given OA, the so called correct or original answer, is correct? Why don't we call it CA? CA = Correct Answer.. ??

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10 Dec 2006, 23:20
OA means official answer, in other words, the answer that is given by the source of the question. OA can be incorrect, depending on the source.
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06 Dec 2012, 05:44
800Score also say OA is B.. very confused.. dont know how to catch CR rat..

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06 Dec 2012, 07:25
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

The paradox is "The Parents from most achieving district complain most frequently."
I feel that E does not explain the paradox in anyway it just mentions that most complaints come from the political activists, most of whom live in high achieving districts. I agree that political activist may be parents of students but we need an answer why these activist are doing.if we assume that these activists are the parents we are just presenting an example of the paradox presented in the question.

Whereas B to some extends solves the paradox. It states that parents have no knowledge of the own districts's score. Consider if a parent does not know about the marks scored by other students in class than he can either complain about the score or he cannot. If he does than it solves our paradox. In case of E it just says political activists (may or may not be parents) complains about the low score..........................

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06 Dec 2012, 17:39
I figured out the right answer on B. Awareness of the district's high score is irrelevant to the parents' complaints

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24 May 2013, 10:06
None of the above explanation gives why D is the answer. Everybody says either B or E. can someone say which is correct and why .. Thanks for the same ..

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None of the above explanation gives why D is the answer. Everybody says either B or E. can someone say which is correct and why .. Thanks for the same ..

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The answer is B. Note that it is an 'EXCEPT' question. All other options explain the paradox. B does not.

(D) explains the paradox too. Parents living in high score districts find that their child gets less than average scores in their district and that could be the reason of complaints. It explains why people living in high score districts would complain the most.
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29 Aug 2013, 00:01
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

Can you please provide the OA for this? Both C and E seem to explain the paradox here....B, I think is the correct answer..

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29 Aug 2013, 03:17
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Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

Can you please provide the OA for this? Both C and E seem to explain the paradox here....B, I think is the correct answer..

Again, note that it is an "EXCEPT" question. ALL options must explain the paradox except the answer. Hence both C and E WILL EXPLAIN the paradox. B DOES NOT EXPLAIN the paradox and that is why it is the answer.
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11 Oct 2013, 10:31
I disagree with B) being the OA. If you're looking for things that DON'T explain the paradox of vociferous complaints coming from high scoring districts, then B fails.

B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.

So that would help explain it. If you don't know the test scores in your district, which are high, then you would not know that you should not be complaining. So, B) helps explain the paradox, and we're looking for something that does not

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11 Oct 2013, 20:33
The answer is B. The parents are not concerned with the district's achievement. They are concerned about their own children's scores. The district may or may not be a high achiever. Why wud anybody go and raise a voice if the district is not doing well but his/her child is? Who cares!!! Right!

E) Related or not complaints are being raised so the paradox is explained

C) I would like to quote an analogy over here. If u are a food critic and u happen to go to a restaurant which serves great food and is very popular among the public. U still criticize the food for not being upto ur standards even thought the restaurant might be the best. Or shall I say its human tendency that nothing will ever be "enough".

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15 Oct 2013, 17:26
I picked D.
who will have the OA???

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15 Oct 2013, 17:27
I picked D.
who will have the OA???

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15 Oct 2013, 21:36
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I picked D.
who will have the OA???

The official answer is (B). The original poster gave it here: parents-often-criticize-schools-for-not-doing-their-job-39178.html#p276480
For an explanation, check the posts above.
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30 Oct 2013, 12:06
I pick B.

All other answers explain the paradox to a certain degree. However B does not.

B claims that parents have no knowledge of their district's own score. This would be valid if all parents complained, regardless of scores. However, we are told that parents in high scoring districts complain more. Knowing that parents do not know what their district's score is does not explain why parents in high scoring districts complain more, as ALL parents do not know their score.

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Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

I picked E.

In E, the word that makes the answer the good one is "most".

If the number of complaints is 100, you need to have according to E, 51 coming from political activists: Most of whom are living in high achivement scores districts. Therefore out of those 51, at least 26 are living in those areas.

We have therefore, 100 complains, but only 26 coming from the high achieving districts... which will not help to explain the apparent paradox...

What do you think?
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Paris75 wrote:
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Parents often criticize schools for not doing their job. Many blame schools for low student achievement scores. Surprisingly, the most frequent and vociferous complaints come from those who live in districts where the achievement scores are high.

All of the following, considered individually, help to explain the apparent paradox EXCEPT:
A. Parents from districts of high achievers are very involved with the schools and are, therefore, more likely to make critical comments.
B. Parents have no knowledge of their district's own scores.
C. High scores cause parents' expectations to rise leading parents to demand that students achieve even more.
D. High-scoring districts contain low-achieving students whose parents are likely to complain when their children score below the local average.
E. Most complaints about schools come from political activists, most of whom live in high-achieving districts.

I picked E.

In E, the word that makes the answer the good one is "most".

If the number of complaints is 100, you need to have according to E, 51 coming from political activists: Most of whom are living in high achivement scores districts. Therefore out of those 51, at least 26 are living in those areas.

We have therefore, 100 complains, but only 26 coming from the high achieving districts... which will not help to explain the apparent paradox...

What do you think?

Most could be 51 and most could also be 90. In common parlance in fact, most is usually used for 90. Political activists are the most vocal and most of them live in high achieving districts. So it is certainly possible that most complaints come from high achieving districts. So (E) does help to explain the paradox.

Indeed, i did not have the right définition of most!

B seems now the best!

Thx you!
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