Thursday, 22 May 2014

Exploring Bias

This morning we looked how we could clearly explain bias in a paragraph. We used examples from well known fairytales to show how bias can affect your opinion.

Bias is having a strong opinion on something based on your viewpoint. Bias is like a coin, one side is heads and the other is tales. Heads is subjective which means that you let your prior knowledge help you state your judgement and tales is objective which means that you don’t let prior knowledge cloud your opinion. An example of using both coin sides in the same story is Three Little Pigs. If I were to use the subjective side to state my judgement I would feel very sorry for the Three Little Pigs and think that the Wolf was a very bad person. But if I were to use the objective side to state my judgment I would think that The wolf was just trying to say hello to the new neighbours in the neighbourhood and probably was just a bit hungry.


Bias changes the way you look at characters in a book. Bias can be subjective and objective. Subjective means you make an opinion on what you already know. Bias can also be objective which means you make an opinion on what you have just heard for the first time. In the story The 3 little pigs, the pigs injure the wolf. The pigs did a horrible thing by burning someone alive. They heated up a cauldron with water and just let the wolf drop into the burning water. This was my opinion which was subjective since I believe burning someone alive is horrible and mean. If I didn’t use what I already know I would feel sorry for the pigs since the wolf did blow down their houses and tried to eat them, that would be very scary.


Bias is your own opinion or judgement you make through your own point of view. Bias is like a coin with two sides: subjective and objective. Subjective means you use your prior knowledge to make a decision. Objective is when you don’t allow your prior knowledge to interfere with your decision. Having read the Three Little Pigs, I know the wolf demolished the two houses and he attempted murder. He makes the wrong decisions and is blinded by revenge. He was attempting murder and vandalising the Pig's property. I’m being subjective and I know that what the wolf did was wrong because vandalising and attempting murder is wrong. On the other hand, if I don’t use my prior knowledge, I think that the wolf was just trying to be friendly and the pig’s were just being cruel to him. Now, I’m being objective and not letting my prior knowledge interfere with my statement.


Bias changes the way you see things. There are two types of bias. One is subjective and one is objective. Subjective is when people use what they know to make an opinion. Objective is when people make opinions about something they are learning about for the first time. In the story of The Three Pigs people think the wolf is a bad person. If my opinion is subjective I know that he destroyed houses and tried to kill the pigs so he is not a good character because he did mean things. If my opinion is objective I think the wolf was just hungry so he isn’t really a bad character. He was just looking for food.

Piripi, Loti, Juliano and Mrs A


  1. Hi guys

    I really like your work about exploring bias. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi guys,

    I like the way you learn about bias.Keep Up the good work.