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# The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa

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The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  23 Apr 2017, 12:18
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The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupational groups is exactly the opposite of what the educational system needs. World problems today are so diverse, complex, and interrelated that only the generalist stands a chance of understanding the broad picture. Unless our schools stress a truly broad, liberal education, the world will crumble around us as we each expertly perform our own narrow function.

Each of the following, if trite, would weaken the conclusion drawn above, EXCEPT:

A) Many of the world's problems can he solved only by highly specialized experts working on specific problems.
B) Relatively few generalists are needed to coordinate the work of the many specialists.
C) Specialization does not necessarily entail losing the ability to see the broad picture.
D) Increasingly complex problems require a growing level of technical expertise that can be acquired only through specialization.
E) Even the traditional liberal education is becoming more highly specialized today.
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  06 Feb 2018, 03:26
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  07 Feb 2018, 16:45
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Yes. It is.
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  11 Aug 2018, 01:19
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The answer is B since other choices undermine the argument by stating some detail about specialization touched on by the passage.
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  19 Jan 2020, 22:43
This one was very difficult for me. Any explanation for each answer? I felt C was correct.
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  20 Jan 2020, 04:47
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EXCEPT question are tricky. Not only you have to look at what the argument asks you, in this case weaken the argument, but also you have to find the opposite answer which is correct. Basically, two steps

Now, the stimulus tells us , basically, that the preparation we should provide to the new workes, who studies to enter the job market should have a broad preparation and NOT a specialized one.

You have to weaken this argument among the choices and find those they are correct. Turns out, they are wrong.

You have to find the answer which will not weaken the argument or that is neutral.

A) Many of the world's problems can he solved only by highly specialized experts working on specific problems.

Weaken. So is wrong

B) Relatively few generalists are needed to coordinate the work of the many specialists.

We do not need coordination we do need who WORKS. This option does not anything to attack the argument above. Correct

C) Specialization does not necessarily entail losing the ability to see the broad picture.

They see the broad picture. So they can be also good for both spectra. Wrong

D) Increasingly complex problems require a growing level of technical expertise that can be acquired only through specialization.

Wrong

E) Even the traditional liberal education is becoming more highly specialized today.

Wrong

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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  19 Apr 2020, 22:20
so, the question asks to "weaken" but "Except" which means we're looking for a neutral answer which is "irrelevant" and "unharmful" to the question?
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Re: The current trend toward specialization in nearly all occupa [#permalink]  20 Apr 2020, 04:28
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All the answer choices above weaken the argument but one. The except.

You are correct

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