QUESTION TEXT: Editorial: The structure of the present school…
QUESTION TYPE: Necessary Assumption
CONCLUSION: Long breaks should be removed from the school calendar.
REASONING: The original purpose for long breaks was so that children could stay home to help with the harvest. But that time has passed, so we can now make changes that serve the interest of our children.
ANALYSIS: Would children be better off without a summer break? Maybe…? But that’s not something we can take as a given without evidence. It’s something the argument needs to assume is true.
- This would strengthen the argument a little but it’s not necessary. There might be some other reason to favor short breaks apart from ending forgetfulness.
- The argument would actually be stronger if this weren’t true.
- This would support the argument but it isn’t a necessary assumption. There could be other schedules that would work.
- This is largely irrelevant. Agriculture isn’t very important anymore…that’s the whole point of the argument.
- CORRECT. If such a calendar didn’t serve the interests of children more than the current setup then this argument is wrong.
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