Social Studies 4: How Experience Shapes Opinions
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Sometimes when people disagree with you, it's not because they're wrong, they just had a different experience than you did. Maybe they don't like Star Wars because their family got into a deadly scary light saber fight. You know, that sort of thing.
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… while others believe it’s best to send kids to private school? [The kid gets on a Hogwarts school bus]
Well, even if they’re dealing with the same facts, people can have very different opinions, [People vs harry potter characters at a school board meeting]
aka perspectives, on the same topic. [The people are turned into frogs]
These differing perspectives are usually based on personal experience.
For example, two people can have different perspectives on the same restaurant. [Coop says he'll pass on Chick-fil-a]
Say Frankie and Johnny both hit up Fredo’s for some Friday night Fettucine Alfredo.
Frankie waits more than thirty minutes for her food to come out... [Frankie has steam coming from her ears]
…and when it finally arrives, she sees that the chef didn't put the sauce on the side,
as she requested. [Bubbling pasta]
Meanwhile, Johnny just had the best fettucine alfredo of his life. [Johnny looking happy]
He sends his compliments to the chef who in turn gives Johnny a free desert. [Waiter bring out a huge ice cream]
We're usually just handed the bill… [A huge bill is given to Dino and Coop]
At the end of the evening, Frankie swears she’ll never visit Fredo’s again, while [Frankie walks off angry]
Johnny starts following the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and tells
all his friends about his new favorite place.
So even though the two of them visited the same place at the same time, their two very
different experiences resulted in two very different perspectives on Fredo’s. [Coop next to a blackboard]
So when you read an article, look for revealing moments when the author shares how personal
experience shaped his or her perspective.
And keep it in mind as you consider their ideas. [Cat reading]
It might change your perspective of what you’re reading… [The cat chucks away the text]
Now if you'd excuse us, we're gonna go send our compliments to a chef…
...we want free dessert, too. [Dino and Coop running to Fredo's]