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According to a recent research study, more than 90% of graduates of the private high schools in a certain county continue their education in college. By contrast, only 65% of graduates of the public high schools subsequently pursue a college education. Therefore, if parents in the county wish to increase the likelihood that their children will attend college, they should send them to private rather than public schools.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument above?

(A) Graduates of private schools typically score higher on standardized tests and other tests of academic achievement.
(B) While private schools are typically very expensive, attendance of public school is free for the residents of the county.
(C) In comparison with graduates of private schools, a substantially greater proportion of public school graduates receive need-based financial aid for their college education.
(D) In comparison with private schools, public schools provide more opportunities for student involvement in sports and other athletic activities, which almost always increase the likelihood of students’ acceptance to colleges.
(E) Since most public schools are located in rural areas of the county populated primarily by farmers, nearly 30% of students from public high schools choose to pursue farming occupations rather than apply to colleges.
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Re: According to a recent research study, more than 90% of gradu [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 05:10
I was stuck between (D) and (E). I finally chose (D). Can you please explain why (E) is the correct answer?
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Re: According to a recent research study, more than 90% of gradu [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 08:27
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Hi Jeeva,

You have to take control over the question, do not permit that it does take control over you and leads in the wrong direction.

Actually, the question says: who goes to the private school that is more likely goes to the college. Maybe because the students receive a better education

Who goes to public school the rate is much lower. So the impact on the students' future is bigger in private schools than public ones.

Now, this is NOT true or is weakened by the fact that in the rural area most of the 30% or so choose farming occupation. A such, the statement that who goes private because is better is not true.

It is not a question of being dumb in public school and smarter in the private but is a choice. This weakens the argument.

D talks about sports and other activities and blah blah.it is out of scope.

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Re: According to a recent research study, more than 90% of gradu [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2018, 10:20
Jeeva1989: I also chose D. The reason I chose D is because of this from the question stem:

If parents in the county WISH TO INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD that their children will attend college, they should send them to private rather than public schools.

Choice D says: (D) In comparison with private schools, PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT in sports and other athletic activities, which ALMOST ALWAYS INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF students’ acceptance to colleges.

I have a REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION HERE:
Is weakening the argument the same as weakening the conclusion? Or are the two different?

That is: WEAKENING THE ARGUMENT = WEAKENING THE CONCLUSION ???
Re: According to a recent research study, more than 90% of gradu   [#permalink] 30 Oct 2018, 10:20
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