At 08:51 AM 8/2/2005, Victor Steinbok wrote: >At 02:06 AM 8/2/2005, Wayne Bishop wrote: >>Except for kids of semi-affluent semi-educated parents who are >>headed for a superior score in AP Calculus. Extrapolate to life success. > >That's right, kids! Extrapolate your AP Calculus scores to life >success. So if you get a 3 or a 2, you must be a failure
There's a small problem here, but a well recognized one in the standard toolkit of fallacious reasoning and snake-oil sales; a statement and its inverse need not be logically equivalent. It is especially obvious in this case where an AP Calculus score of even a 2 *does* indicate a student following the low to middle class canon of academic and life success. But not a 1 and not AP Calculus on the high school transcript but no ETS score at all.