Developing and Justifying Points of View

Developing and Expressing Personal Opinions

Before expressing your opinion, it’s important to first develop a well-informed viewpoint. To do this:

  • Research the Topic – Gather as much information as you can about the topic. This will give you a broader perspective and help you form a more informed opinion.
  • Consider Different Perspectives – Try to understand the different viewpoints on the topic. This can help you refine your own viewpoint and prepare you for potential counterarguments.
  • Form Your Opinion – Based on your research and consideration of different perspectives, form your own opinion. Make sure it’s something you truly believe in and can stand behind.

Once you’ve developed your opinion, you can express it clearly and confidently. Start by stating your viewpoint in a straightforward manner.

For example: “After researching and considering different perspectives, I’ve come to the conclusion that a school uniform policy is beneficial because it promotes equality among students.”

Justifying Opinions with Logical Reasoning or Evidence

Once you’ve stated your opinion, be prepared to back it up with logical reasoning or evidence. This strengthens your argument and makes it more persuasive. For example:

“A school uniform policy promotes equality because it prevents students from being judged based on their clothing. Everyone wearing the same uniform means no one can be singled out for dressing differently or not being able to afford the latest trends.”

Responding to Challenges or Counterarguments

In any discussion, you’re likely to encounter challenges or counterarguments. It’s important to respond to these effectively. Listen to the counterargument, consider it carefully and then respond with respect.

For example:

Student 1: “But doesn’t a uniform policy restrict students’ freedom of expression?”

Student 2: “I see your point, but I believe the benefits of promoting equality and reducing distractions in the classroom outweigh the restrictions on clothing choices. Students can express themselves in many other ways.”

Maintaining Respect and Open-Mindedness

When discussing controversial or sensitive issues, you need to be able to maintain a respectful and open-minded stance. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and it’s important to respect this, even if you disagree.

For example:

Student 1: “I still think uniforms are too restrictive.”

Student 2: “I understand where you’re coming from, and I respect your viewpoint. It’s a complex issue with valid arguments on both sides.”