There’s a substantive difference between personal opinions that are not based on expertise – and informed opinions, which are based on expertise and body of knowledge and research.
Inspired by my participation in the Informed Opinions workshop, I subsequently began accepting print and broadcast interview requests, and have since published commentary in several newspapers and online sites. The opportunity to provide context and analysis that’s often absent has been extremely rewarding.
you are entitled to your informed opinion
Very informative – not a minute wasted. Very useful ‘take aways’ for next steps. In What Can She Know? Lorraine Code asks, “out of whose subjectivity did the ideal of objectivity emerge?” How great a question is that! Thanks to Informed Opinions for reminding me just how exciting women’s ideas can be!
Critical thinking skills separate the three types of responses identified in the Microsoft/AOL email example. In other words, though everyone is entitled to an opinion, some are informed opinions, and some are uninformed or unsubstantiated opinions. The difference has to do with the process or method through which the opinion was reached.So an essay becomes a "proof" of an "informed opinion" that uses "facts" as evidence. The conclusions of the essay should be able to be discussed by referring to the evidence presented.