Just the facts or just my opinion?



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JUST THE FACTS OR JUST MY OPINION?


Directions: The following excerpts come from articles in “well-respected” publications. Look at the sample statements, all of which might serve as supporting material in a presentation. Indicate whether the samples represent facts (historical or observable facts/confirmable statistics) or opinions (inferences and judgments).


ARE THEY FACTS OR OPINIONS?

Fact

Opinion

Supporting Material


SOURCE

Business-Higher Education Forum. Spanning the Chasm: A Blueprint for Action (Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education and the National Alliance of Business, September 1999).

Fact


Opinion

1. The Business-Higher Education Forum’s 1997 report, Spanning the Chasm, revealed that . . . students must now graduate with highly developed cross-functional, flexible skills in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, time management, self-management, adaptability, analytical thinking, global consciousness, and communications.

Fact

Opinion

2. Today . . . the whole of human knowledge doubles every five years.

Fact

Opinion

3. American college graduates are entering the workplace ill-equipped to effectively contribute in a fast-paced world economy.

Fact

Opinion

4. Foreign language courses help students understand world cultures and develop a global consciousness and should be required.

Fact

Opinion

5. Erie Community College received a $122,240 grant to develop a model credit-bearing apprenticeship program.



SOURCE


Scott Turow,* “To Kill or Not to Kill,” The New Yorker, January 6, 2003, pp. 40-47.

*In 2000, Turow served on an Illinois commission to recommend reforms of the state’s capital punishment system.




Fact

Opinion

1. Illinois, which has a death penalty, has a higher murder rate than the neighboring state of Michigan, which has no capital punishment but roughly the same racial makeup, income levels, and populations distribution between cities and rural areas.

Fact

Opinion

2. I respect the right of a majority of my fellow-citizens to decide that (capital punishment) ought to be imposed on the most horrific crimes.

Fact

Opinion

3. The justice that survivors (family members of murder victims) seek is the one embedded in the concept of restitution: The criminal ought not to end up better off than his victim.

Fact

Opinion

4. Capital punishment for slaying a woman is imposed at three and a half times the rate for murdering a man.

Fact

Opinion

5. Sometimes a crime is so horrible that killing its perpetrator is the only just response.



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