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The following appeared in a letter sent by a committee of homeowners from the Deerhaven Acres to all homeowners in Deerhaven Acres. "Seven years ago, homeowners in nearby Brookville community adopted a set of restrictions on how the community's yards should be landscaped and what colors the exteriors of homes should be painted. Since then, average property values have tripled in Brookville. In order to raise property values in Deerhaven Acres, we should adopt our own set of restrictions on landscaping and house painting." The following arrgument is flawed for various reasones. Primarily the argument is based on unwarranted assumption that town on Brookville and Deerhaven are same in terms of Georaphy, society etc, rendering its main assumpation that propety rates in Deerhaven will be increased if it follows the footsteps of Brookville. This arugment fails to give any justification that poeple who want to buy propety in Deerhaven will think same as Brookville. There can be a case that buyers in Deerhaven are more concered about the interiors of the house rather than its exteriors. They may pay and exhorbiant price for the interior but will be reluctant to pay the same for the exteriors on which Deerhaven's communities has high hopes. If this arugment has shed light on the views of buyers about the exteriors and till the extent they will like it, then this conclusion would been strengthen . Paragraph never talks about the economic trend in the Deerhaven. If their in and recession going on in this area/country, then poeple will hardly initate property deals as naturally they will think to save money instead of buying property which just has an decorated inetriors. Their can be a case that when Brookvilles plan was successfull, there could be an bloom in financial sectors which motivated people to invest money in property even thought the cost was high. The belife that just making exterior superior and not focusing on other points such as basic amenites, poplution etc in the area in not correct. Even though homeowners of Deerhaven beautify thier exterior, they may not bother to clean maintain their sourroudings. The road network connecting Deerhaven and other major cites/town can be poor or never exist. There may not be good hospitals, public parks, amusment parks, lakes rivers etc which justifies such a high property cost. No the other hand Brookvile may had all this facilites along with polished exteriors and landscapes. If this argument had written about the presence of basic amenties, then stament that, like Brookville, buyers will pay for Deerhaven too was justified. Finally, the point is that, things never be the same after 7 years or after such an long time period. As mentioned above the mind set of people may change and this surely weakness the arugment along with other stated reasons.
Hi everybody, this is the first 30min practice I've done for the Analyze an Issue part of the GRE, so any feedback at all would be sincerely appreciated :) Topic: Formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free. We are all familiar with the adage "knowledge is power," and formal education, although oftentimes perceived as the bane of a student's existence, gives students the tools to expand their minds. The regimented style of formal education may seem on the surface to be stifling to freeing the mind. Studying each subject for a set number of hours, sitting for mandatory examinations, and being compelled to work on assignments after school all appear to be an unfavorable environment to mental growth. However, by requiring students to study in a variety of different subjects, formal education opens the doors for students to think broadly and critically in scope. Although sitting in a desk for eight hours a day may seem physically constraining, formal education can help nuture students' creativity and thirst for knowledge. It is a requirement of most schools that students take classes in a variety of subjects: sciences, including social science, language arts, foreign languages, to name a few. Although the institution of requirements may seem restraining in nature, by compelling students to study a plethora of topics schools expose students to many different concepts that they may not have seen before. In this fashion, schools introduce students to many different subjects and expand the minds. Formal education also involves a great deal of work outside of class by assigning homework. Although this practice is unfavorable with the majority of students, regimented practice helps students become more skillful in a topic. Once a student has acheived a base knowledge in a topic, they can take the initiative to explore beyond the basics and into new areas. The nation's greatest researchers were not able to question old schools of thought or think of new hypotheses without first having a solid knowledge of the basics. Galileo would not have been able to challenge Copernicus's invalid idea that the sun traveled around the earth had he not first been educated in the subject of astrology. By mandating that students gain knowledge in various subjects , formal education fosters critical thinking, a skill that is unattainable to the ignorant. This is not to say that formal education is the only possible method of producing inquisitive, critical-thinking individuals. There are many successful autodidates who reached prowess in their respectable fields without ascribing to formal education. The author Jorge Luis Borges, phycisist Michael Farraday, and painter and occassional engineer Leonardo Da Vinci are all good examples that formal education is not necessary to be successful in your field. However this is not a viable option for everyone. Not everyone can take the intitiative to pick up a task or a profession on their own, or has the resources to do this. The likelihood of a twelve-year-old dropping out of school and pushing themselves until they attain the position of a world class chemist is very slim. Thus, formal education allows every student an equal chance to shine.