This past winter, 200 students from Waymarsh State College traveled to the state capitol building to protest

against proposed cuts in funding for various state college programs. The other 12,000 Waymarsh students evidently weren t so concerned about their education: they either stayed on campus or left for winter break. Since the group who did not protest is far more numerous, it is more representative of the state s college students than are the protesters. Therefore the state legislature need not heed the appeals of the protesting students.

The argument claims that since only 200 students out of the 12,000 in Waymarsh State College protested against the proposed cuts in funding for various college programs then they don t need to heed the appeals of the protesting students also it assumes that the students who didn t join the protest are not so concerned about their education. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated. The conclusion of the argument relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Therefore, the argument is weak, unconvincing and has several flaws. First, the argument assumes that because only 200 students are protesting out of the 12,000 students at Waymarsh State College then they re a minority. This statement is flawed and unconvincing because for example, those 200 students could be a chosen group to represent all the 12,000 students and in that case clearly those protests won t be just from a small number of students. The argument could have been much clearer if it was based on clear evidence that the 12,000 students are against the protest in that case the state will definitely need not heed the appeals of the protesting students. Second, the argument claims that the other 12,000 Waymarsh students are not so concerned about their education because either they stayed on campus or left for winter break. This is again a very weak and unsupported claim. To illustrate, as we mentioned above those 12,000 could have elected the 200 students to represent them which in this case they don t have anything else to do other than stay on campus or go on their break. Finally, the questions that the author ought to pose are if the 200 students protesting are really representing the rest of the students? Are their demands logical and do they have the right in them? Without convincing answers to these questions, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence. In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above mentioned reasons and therefore unconvincing. It would be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all the relevant facts.

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