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Sydonie: Parents differ in their beliefs about the rules to which their children should be subject. So any disciplinary structure in schools is bound to create resentment because it will contradict some parental approaches to raising children.

Stephanie: Your conclusion is incorrect; educational research shows that when parents list the things that they most want their children’s schools to provide, good discipline is always high on the list.

Stephanie’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

(A) it focuses on educational research rather than educational practice
(B) it addresses a more general issue than that addressed in Sydonie’s argument
(C) it does not counter Sydonie’s suggestion that parents have diverse ideas of what constitutes good discipline
(D) the phrase “high on the list” is not specific enough to give useful information about what parents desire from a school
(E) it fails to discuss educators’ attitudes toward discipline in schools

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Sydonie: Parents differ in their beliefs about the rules to which their children should be subject. So any disciplinary structure in schools is bound to create resentment because it will contradict some parental approaches to raising children. Stephanie: Your conclusion is incorrect; educational research shows that when parents list the things that they most want their children’s schools to provide, good discipline is always high on the list.

Stephanie’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

(A) it focuses on educational research rather than educational practice
(B) it addresses a more general issue than that addressed in Sydonie’s argument
(C) it does not counter Sydonie’s suggestion that parents have diverse ideas of what constitutes good discipline
(D) the phrase “high on the list” is not specific enough to give useful information about what parents desire from a school
(E) it fails to discuss educators’ attitudes toward discipline in schools


IMO C
it does not counter Sydonie’s suggestion that parents have diverse ideas of what constitutes good discipline
no strong reason is given in the argument of Stephanie which would make the reasoning of Sydonie invalid to conclude that rules of school will contradict with parental approaches to raise children.
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Sydonie: Parents differ in their beliefs about the rules to which their children should be subject. So any disciplinary structure in schools is bound to create resentment because it will contradict some parental approaches to raising children.

Stephanie: Your conclusion is incorrect; educational research shows that when parents list the things that they most want their children’s schools to provide, good discipline is always high on the list.

Boil it down- Stephanie’s argument must either prove that Sydonie’s premises are incorrect or that Sydonie’s conclusion does not follow from those premises. However, proving that parents want their children’s schools to provide good discipline does neither. There is a difference between "disciplinary structure" and "good discipline".

Stephanie’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

(A) it focuses on educational research rather than educational practice-- incorrect; Stephanie’s use of educational research is acceptable. It is the conclusion that she draws from this research – parents’ desire for good discipline proves that there will be no resentment– that is flawed.
(B) it addresses a more general issue than that addressed in Sydonie’s argument-- incorrect; If anything, Sydonie’s argument is the more general of the two, because it based on a broad characterization rather than a specific finding.
(C) it does not counter Sydonie’s suggestion that parents have diverse ideas of what constitutes good discipline- Correct; Stephanie fails to account for Sydonie’s premises, which suggest that parental definitions of good discipline may vary widely. If this is true, then even a universal desire among parents for good discipline in school would not prevent resentment of any particular approach.
(D) the phrase “high on the list” is not specific enough to give useful information about what parents desire from a school- incorrect; the specifics of the phrase "high on the list" is not an issue
(E) it fails to discuss educators’ attitudes toward discipline in schools- incorrect; Since Sydonie’s conclusion does not address the attitude of educators toward good discipline, Stephanie’s argument need not do so

Answer C
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