When Is a Fact Not a Fact?

Sounds like one of Dad’s riddles, doesn’t it? But the answer is important: a fact isn’t a fact when it’s an opinion. Can you tell the difference?

The cool thing about facts is that it doesn’t matter whether you agree with them or not, they are still facts. For example, two plus two is four—even if you think it should be five.

The cool thing about facts is that it doesn’t matter whether you agree with them or not, they are still facts. For example, two plus two is four—even if you think it should be five. An opinion, on the other hand, can be anything you like. You don‘t have to prove it, and it doesn’t have to be a fact. It’s your opinion—you own it!

People have different opinions—there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s actually a good thing. The problem comes when people present their opinions as facts—especially if those people are people in power or have a lot of people who listen to them (like trendsetters, peers, teachers, pastors, senators, and people on TV).

So always make sure you trust where your information is coming from and make sure you know whether it’s a fact or an opinion. It’s important—and that’s a fact!

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