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SCHOOLS AND TESTING In the article provided the author Dick Williams presents two ideas on the state of schools and education in the United States The points of view he attempts to argue are the conditions of the nations schools and the quality of the educational system During his efforts to present his points it appears as though his article is more opinionated than objective This presents a problem because an opinion is not an argument By presenting his thoughts he fails to do so tactfully through arguments and those that are arguments are fallacies One of the first arguments presented deals with the conditions of the schools Specifically the renewal and renovations of schools comes into question Should the harried taxpayers of Cobb and Dekalb counties for instance bail out incompetent or corrupt school boards in other states Should New York City be rewarded for failing to build new schools in a timely manner This is the fallacy known as the circular argument A circular argument is where the premise and the conclusion repeat each other using different wording The premise in this fallacy would be the first question while the second question is the conclusion The idea in this statement is that cities with rundown schools are being paid for by taxpayers in other cities In these cities the problems with schools are quite minimum Another argument made early on focuses on the office of the president In the middle of the second paragraph Williams writes President Clinton has become the master of exploiting the divide Insiders call it the micropresidency Identify a problem and propose a small solution In this statement the phrase Insiders call it the micro-presidency is the conclusion The rest of the statement forms the premise Williams tries to convey the trickery of the president and his lack of handling problems effectively Basically he attacks the presidency and commits the Ad hominem fallacy The Ad
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