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Bias vs. Objective. Battling for truth in a biased world. Scenario….
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Bias vs. Objective Battling for truth in a biased world.
Scenario… An exchange student has come to Lebanon High School from the Czech Republic. It is her first time visiting the United States on a student visa. As a result she spends Christmas in America with her host family. During a phone call home, her host family overhears her conversation as she describes her disgust of American commercialism.
Consider… • How might her dad respond to this comment (he has never visited the U.S.)? • How might her host family respond to this critique? • Why might their responses to the conversation differ? • What is it called when one’s perceptions are influenced by their ideologies?
What is Bias? • A bias is a prejudice in a general or specific sense, usually in the sense for having a preference to one particular point of view or ideological perspective.
What Is Objective? • Simply stated, the objective viewpoint is an attempt to present the most factual, truthful account of reality. • Journalists attempt to use objectivity in their news reporting.
Checking Up! • Read the following excerpts and decide whether each is presenting a biased or objective viewpoint. • There was a three alarm fire on Pedretti Avenue yesterday afternoon. • The soldiers should return home from the War in Iraq. • Stricter gun control laws need to be in effect. • MADD will hold their monthly meeting at Crowsley Hall tonight.
Answers… • There was a three alarm fire on Pedretti Avenue yesterday afternoon. (objective) • The soldiers should return home from the War in Iraq. (biased) • Stricter gun control laws need to be in effect. (biased) • MADD will hold their monthly meeting at Crowsley Hall tonight. (objective)
Discuss… • In what situations do we see biased perspective? • In what situations do we see objective perspective? • How do bias and objective viewpoints influence our world today? • Is the news biased or objective? Why or why not? • Should teachers be biased or objective in grading?