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# The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time

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The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

(A) Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.

(B) The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.

(C) Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

(D) A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.

(E) Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

Originally posted by avohden on 06 Nov 2013, 12:21.
Last edited by hazelnut on 24 Apr 2018, 17:20, edited 2 times in total.
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The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

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Responding to a pm:

Argument:
Staff is spending more time taking care of children whose parents get late.
As a result, more teachers will have to be hired.
Instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they get late.
This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The author says that instead of hiring more teachers, levy a fine on the parents who arrive late. This would encourage punctual pick up. The purpose of the plan is to encourage parents to pick students on time. It is not to manage late pick up. So the author says that instead of hiring more teachers (which increases the tuition and hence may encourage parents to pick kids on time), charge a nominal fee for late pickup. That will actually lead to parents arriving on time.
The author is assuming that nominal late charge will be more effective than fee hike in encouraging people to pick on time.
Hence (C) is correct.

Options (A) and (E) discuss how parents will manage arriving early. Note that these are not assumptions. They are not necessarily what parents will do. e.g. parents may not simplify their schedules. They may just re-arrange their schedules to arrive on time. Similarly, parents may not put their kids in school day care - they may ask relatives/friends to help out etc. An assumption needs to be necessarily true for the conclusion to hold. (A) and (E) don't need to be necessarily true.

(B) weakens the argument. If the late fee charged is not significant, parents may not mind it and hence may not arrive on time. So the purpose of the fee hike will be lost.

(D) is out of scope.
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07 Nov 2013, 09:26
I respect Veritas but for me this question is not really a good question.

I f we analize sentence by sentence.

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time.

Ok pretty clear

As a result, more teachers will have to be hired.

Now: her the verbe tense is in the future. here should be used (in my opinion and accordingly with the rest of the tone of the stimulus)would be hired to cope that emergency situation.

The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time.

then: instead to hire more teachers the school increase the fees on children

This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

the parents who do not want to pay can or could: change their schedule to pick the guys on time. pay someone to go and pick on time. and so on....

Now C says:

Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

In my opinion should be will NOT find more objectionable.......I do not see much sense in C as it is.
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07 Nov 2013, 11:00
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Is the OA provided correct? IMO C weakens the conclusion. It is not an assumption. I think A is best here.
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Official Explanation

- This argument depends on the assumption that the fee charged to parents will actually work -- a typical assumption for "plan suggesting" questions such as this. As answer choice (C) suggests such a mechanism -- that parents will prefer to pick their children up rather than pay for increased teaching staff -- it is the correct answer choice. Answer choices (A) and (E) provide ways that parents could accommodate the request but do not discuss the logic used by the argument. Answer choice (B) is opposite and would actually weaken the argument. Answer choice (D) is out of scope.
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Official Explanation

- This argument depends on the assumption that the fee charged to parents will actually work -- a typical assumption for "plan suggesting" questions such as this. As answer choice (C) suggests such a mechanism -- that parents will prefer to pick their children up rather than pay for increased teaching staff -- it is the correct answer choice. Answer choices (A) and (E) provide ways that parents could accommodate the request but do not discuss the logic used by the argument. Answer choice (B) is opposite and would actually weaken the argument. Answer choice (D) is out of scope.

sorry maybe i'm wrong but i totally agree with vjns
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07 Nov 2013, 18:53
But isn't the whole argument about the late fee vs. salaries for additional staff to watch the kids. Answer A is not really in the scope of that argument. Answer C addresses the two cost scenarios and which is more objectionable or favorable in the eyes of the parents.
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10 Nov 2013, 08:55
C,

Conclusion: Charging a nominal fee would lead to the parents being more punctual.

The goal is to encourage parents to be more punctual and not to hire more teachers.

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually. They might have busy schedules or they might not. We are not told that they have a busy schedule. So this can't be the assumption

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.Weakens.If it won't be a additional burden, it will actually weaken the argument

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.Correct. They find late pickup fee more objectionable than tuition fee hike (It means that even though they can pay more tuition fee, they will not do so because they find late pickup fee more objectionable, hence will become more punctual)

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School. Irrelevant

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.Does not strengthen the argument
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13 Nov 2013, 09:45
I believe that the word "objectionable" is poorly used here. How can an objectionable method/rule make someone change his/her initial attitude to the desired one? If I find something objectionable, I usually protest, get displeased and inevitably might stop having an affair with said establishment (in our case the Soundview school). Sure some people might not say anything and eventually change their attitude, but still we are not 100% sure. In my opinion this argument seriously weakens the conclusion.
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13 Nov 2013, 10:32
C it is.

DrFeelgood wrote:
I believe that the word "objectionable" is poorly used here. How can an objectionable method/rule make someone change his/her initial attitude to the desired one? If I find something objectionable, I usually protest, get displeased and inevitably might stop having an affair with said establishment (in our case the Soundview school). Sure some people might not say anything and eventually change their attitude, but still we are not 100% sure. In my opinion this argument seriously weakens the conclusion.

Objectionable also means something that one does not approve of, or would rather not have , or does not like.

The staff has 2 ways to take care of unattended children:
1. Hire more staff
OR
2. Charge parents a nominal fee in case of late pickup.

Conclusion: Option 2 will lead to punctual pickup.

Assumption: Parents will prefer 2) to 1) -- Option C says "Hiring more staff (option 1)" will lead to increased tuition fee. But since conclusion says option 2 will lead to punctual pickup, we can assume that parents would prefer 2) to 1) ; or in other words, parents would not like to pay the fee which is why charging them would fix the problem.
Basically they just assumed that parents would not like the school to hire more staff!

Hope this helps
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22 Nov 2013, 04:31
avohden wrote:

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

oe to follow

As I see it,
C basically says that parents were already offered the option of paying more tuition for more teacher to be hired,
but they objected to it.
So the only option left for the school is to administer nominal fees...
Now, in order that parents be punctual, this fee needs to be higher that the first option suggested, and thus lead
to more objection on the parent's part, and make them more punctual...
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22 Nov 2013, 08:35
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C,

Conclusion: Charging a nominal fee would lead to the parents being more punctual.

The goal is to encourage parents to be more punctual and not to hire more teachers.

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually. They might have busy schedules or they might not. We are not told that they have a busy schedule. So this can't be the assumption

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.Weakens.If it won't be a additional burden, it will actually weaken the argument

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.Correct. They find late pickup fee more objectionable than tuition fee hike (It means that even though they can pay more tuition fee, they will not do so because they find late pickup fee more objectionable, hence will become more punctual)

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School. Irrelevant

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.Does not strengthen the argument

If the conclusion is to encourage parents to be punctual, then choice A eliminates the possible reason why parents can't be punctual.
If parents can't simplify their schedule they can't be able to pick up on time. In such case money charge doesn't matter for parents.

What is wrong with my logic?
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18 Mar 2014, 08:50
Hi Experts ,

I am having a huge problem in understand why B is wrong ?
If we negate B
The fee charged for late pickup will be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School --->the for sure they would become punctual .
The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School-->thenthey will not be punctual .

i am confused !!
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18 Mar 2014, 11:34
shelrod007 wrote:
Hi Experts ,

I am having a huge problem in understand why B is wrong ?
If we negate B
The fee charged for late pickup will be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School --->the for sure they would become punctual .
The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School-->thenthey will not be punctual .

i am confused !!

Hey.. The point is that if the assumption(i.e. the correct option) is negated, the conclusion MUST fall apart.

If you negate B, the conclusion is rather strengthened! (Like you explained in your answer) .
Conclusion: Parents will become punctual if charged extra fee.
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18 Mar 2014, 11:47
DrFeelgood wrote:
I believe that the word "objectionable" is poorly used here. How can an objectionable method/rule make someone change his/her initial attitude to the desired one? If I find something objectionable, I usually protest, get displeased and inevitably might stop having an affair with said establishment (in our case the Soundview school). Sure some people might not say anything and eventually change their attitude, but still we are not 100% sure. In my opinion this argument seriously weakens the conclusion.

IMO C weakens the conclusion too! Or at least it is a "Could be true" but not a "Must be true"...
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02 Mar 2015, 08:20
Thar was quit easy. C is the only one about the fact that the 3xtra cost will be so much that parents will pick up their child
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11 Aug 2016, 07:03
one assumption as explained by veritas
The author is assuming that nominal late charge will be more effective than fee hike in encouraging people to pick on time.

i agree with it
but the choice c is
Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

parents might still keep paying the late fees irrespective of their preferences
it doesn't give a guarantee that parents will change their habit of late picking
this is not a good choice
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11 Aug 2016, 18:53
avohden wrote:

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

oe to follow

C. Negate. Parents will find tution fee hike
more objectionable than late fee hike.
Or parents will not find late fee more objectionable than tution fee hike. So that means they will oppose tution hike and they will pick their kids early. Conclusion stand corrected. How come its a right answer

avohden wrote:

The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

A. Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.

B. The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.

C. Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.

D. A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.

E. Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

oe to follow

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avohden wrote:
The staff of Soundview School is spending more and more of its time taking care of children whose parents do not arrive to pick them up from class on time. As a result, more teachers will have to be hired. The school could, instead, charge parents a nominal fee whenever they fail to arrive to pick their children up on time. This charge would encourage punctual pickup.

The conclusion above depends most strongly on which of the following assumptions?

(A) Parents will simplify their daily schedules in order to arrive at pickup time punctually.
(B) The fee charged for late pickup will not be a significant additional burden to most families that can afford tuition at Soundview School.
(C) Parents will find the late pickup fee more objectionable than a tuition hike that would be necessary to pay for additional staff.
(D) A staff of highly qualified teachers is part of what encourages parents to bring their children to Soundview School.
(E) Parents who have errands to run or other tasks to complete could place their children in dedicated after school daycare programs.

ARGUMENT
[prem] Ts are spending more time caring for kids whose parents don't arrive on time to pick them up;
[prem] As a result, more Ts will have to be hired;
[con] If the school charged a late fee, then parents would be encouraged to pickup on time;
[asum] The fee wont be too much to cause parents to change schools, or too little to cause parents not to care about it.

(A) this doesn't necessarily mean that they will pickup on time;
(B) this means the fee won't encourage parents enough, so this weakens;
(D) irrelevant;
(E) irrelevant;

Ans (C) the fee would be more unpleasant than a tuition hike, thus it would be enough to motivate parents.
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