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Creativity must be cultivated. Artists, musicians, and writers all practice, consciously or unconsciously, interpreting the world from new and interesting viewpoints. A teacher can encourage his pupils to be creative by showing them different perspectives for viewing the significance of events in their daily lives. Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the author’s claim?

(A) In a well-ordered society, it is important to have some people who are not artists, musicians, or writers.
(B) A teacher’s efforts to show a pupil different perspectives may actually inhibit development of the student’s own creative process.
(C) Public education should stress practical skills, which will help a person get a good job, instead of creative thinking.
(D) Not all pupils have the same capacity for creative thought.
(E) Some artists, musicians, and writers “burn themselves out” at a very early age, producing a flurry of great works and then nothing after that.
OA is b
Can any expert help me out on this question?

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The conclusion: Teachers can encourage creativity by showing students different perspectives for viewing the significance of events in their daily lives. NOTE: This is not the best written question. You are asked to weaken the author's claim, but there is more than one. The first sentence could also be considered a conclusion. On the actual GMAT, you would more likely be asked to "undermine the author's claim that teachers can encourage creativity, etc."

The evidence: Artists, etc. all interpret the world from new and interesting viewpoints.

The assumption: Teachers can successfully show students different perspectives in a way that encourages creativity.

The correct choice, B, attacks the conclusion directly. If, as B says, the teacher actually inhibits creativity, then the conclusion falls apart.

Choice A brings in society, which is irrelevant to the argument.
Choice C refers to what schools SHOULD do, which is not part of this argument. Also, why only public education?
Choice D does not refer to what teachers do.
Choice E has nothing to do with teaching.

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