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# Technological education is worsening. People between

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06 Jun 2010, 04:14
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Technological education is worsening. People between eighteen and twenty-four, who are just emerging from their formal education, are more likely to be technologically illiterate than somewhat older adults. And yet, issues for public referenda will increasingly involve aspects of technology.

Which of the following conclusions can be properly drawn from the statements above?
(A) If all young people are to make informed decisions on public referenda, many of them must learn more about technology.
(B) Thorough studies of technological issues and innovations should be made a required part of the public and private school curriculum.
(C) It should be suggested that prospective voters attend applied science courses in order to acquire a minimal competency in technical matters.
(D) If young people are not to be overly influenced by famous technocrats, they must increase their knowledge of pure science.
(E) On public referenda issues, young people tend to confuse real or probable technologies with impossible ideals.

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06 Jun 2010, 09:09
B by POE all others seem out of context.
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06 Jun 2010, 09:46
Please explain how you eliminated the rest?
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24 Jun 2010, 00:19
B IMO.
I narrowed the choices down to A & B.

A is also more of a premise or an inference from the last sentence.
C --> lets not make it complicated by bringing in prospective voters etc. We are talking about technology education in context to the public referenda, lets have the conclusion pointing to education.
D is out of scope
E is more or less a premise.

What is the OA....Plz post the OA along with the questions.
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24 Jun 2010, 10:07
B seems to ignore the last sentence. A makes the entire passage relevant.

I choose A, although I can see how it goes beyond the scope of the passage.
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24 Jun 2010, 12:09
Shouldn't the answer be A? A connects the first and last sentences well. B seems to be making a sweeping/ overly generic statement.
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24 Jun 2010, 13:20

B cannot be answer because of the extreme words used such as 'thorough' and 'must'. Red flag.

Hence A is the correct answer choice.
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24 Jun 2010, 19:39
I would definitely choose A.

B is not correct. Its a trick answer. Given the passage alone, the proper conclusion is not that the only way to solve the problem is to teach technology better in school. There is no wording indicating this. It does suggest that technological issues are not taught well in school, but, again, this does not suggest that school is the only way to fix the problem.

A more properly gives the conclusion. Take for example the argument break down;

Technology education is getting worse.

Student coming out of school are more likely to be bad with technology than older adults.

Public referenda will involve technological issues.

Therefore, if all young people are to make informed decisions on public referenda, many of them must learn more about technology.

Notice that this is much more broad than B and better encompasses the information from the passage.

Could you please confirm the OA?

Hope that helps,

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25 Jun 2010, 05:49
vote for A too... B talks about the mechanics of how the young people can be better trained...but the HOW part of it goes beyond the scope and can be concluded only when the prior conclusion of tech knowledge being an essential prerequisite for proper public referenda has been established.
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25 Jun 2010, 22:22
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(A) If all young people are to make informed decisions on public referenda, many of them must learn more about technology.
Correct: This option clearly indicates that if Young people are entrusted with decisions on public refrenda, they must know about technology.
(B) Thorough studies of technological issues and innovations should be made a required part of the public and private school curriculum.
Incorrect: You may observe that the question stem states about age group of 18-24, and here we are talking of public/pvt schools. Another issues with the option is it brings Innovation into the picture. Technology and Innovation cannot be intermixed.Right !!
(C) It should be suggested that prospective voters attend applied science courses in order to acquire a minimal competency in technical matters.
Incorrect: Voters --> Out of Scope.
(D) If young people are not to be overly influenced by famous technocrats, they must increase their knowledge of pure science.
Incorrect: This option brings a new premise to the conclusion. i.e getting influenced by technocrats. Beware of this option as you may get caught by the second part, which is true.
(E) On public referenda issues, young people tend to confuse real or probable technologies with impossible ideals.
Incorrect: This can be an inference, but cannot qualify for conclusion.
I hope, I am able to make the reasoning..
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28 Jun 2010, 20:58
garima01 wrote:
how did u eliminate C?

You can eliminate C because it says all voters require the technical education, while the passage is only concerned with the deficiency of young people's technical knowledge. It's out of scope.
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24 Dec 2011, 08:00
Clear A in my opinion. The OA has not been posted yet.
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26 Dec 2011, 03:18
It has to be A
B ) cant be as it says nothing about public referendum, which is the main point.
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05 Aug 2018, 02:15
The first thing to do in ‘Draw the Conclusion’ question is to understand author’s point of view. In most such questions the author has a message for a reader and the premise is what he uses to come to this message or conclusion. Signal words in the premise especially help us predict his message even before going to answer choices. Let’s break down the premise.

1. Tech education is worsening (worsening here is a signal word indicating that author might be worried about something).
2. More people, between 18 -24, are technologically illiterate than older adults (18 -24 is a signal word indicating to focused part of adults).
3. Whereas more technological issues will be for public referenda.

Possible conclusion: the author is concerned with the tech illiteracy of people, between 18 – 24, because they participate in public referenda involving technological issues. This illiteracy may cause these people to vote for wrong decisions. Probably, author wants these people to vote for right decisions by learning about technology.

A. Correct because it gives the message of the author. Although many students overlook A due to all and must, it is still the best available option and all here correctly compounds young people, between 18 – 24, and a bit older adults.

B. Incorrect because it does not link tech education with public referenda. It could be correct if author talked only about tech illiteracy without mentioning public referenda. Additionally, it focuses on pupils in schools but not on people between 18 - 24.

C. Incorrect because applied science is not the same thing as technological literacy and technical matters mean the application of theory into practice rather than technological issues.

D. Out of scope

E. Out of scope
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05 Aug 2018, 10:08
ykaiim wrote:
Technological education is worsening. People between eighteen and twenty-four, who are just emerging from their formal education, are more likely to be technologically illiterate than somewhat older adults. And yet, issues for public referenda will increasingly involve aspects of technology.

Which of the following conclusions can be properly drawn from the statements above?
(A) If all young people are to make informed decisions on public referenda, many of them must learn more about technology.
(B) Thorough studies of technological issues and innovations should be made a required part of the public and private school curriculum.
(C) It should be suggested that prospective voters attend applied science courses in order to acquire a minimal competency in technical matters.
(D) If young people are not to be overly influenced by famous technocrats, they must increase their knowledge of pure science.
(E) On public referenda issues, young people tend to confuse real or probable technologies with impossible ideals.

IMO C.

A is incorrect as how would MANY help ALL young people to make informed decisions? It is similar to saying, A eats, and B is full. This could be true but not with 100% certainty.

Whereas in C, author suggests that prospective voters (referring to people between 18 and 24), must attend A to achieve minimal competency in tech matters. This would enable them to take part and make meaningful contribution to future issues of public referendums.

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06 Aug 2018, 07:13
Let’s use your example to show how MANY helps ALL young people make informed decision. In answer choice A, MANY (technologically illiterate youth) is a subgroup or a part of ALL (technologically illiterate and literate youth taken altogether). Saying, A eats and then B is full, makes sense here because A (illiterate or hungry in your example) is a part of B (illiterate plus literate or hungry plus full). In this case A’s eating is enough for B to be full, because the other part of B, other than A, is already full or literate.

Hope that helps.
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