Position Statement: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Ann Casano

Ann has taught university level Film classes and has a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies.

Pick a side. In school and life, we are often asked whether we are for or against an issue or topic. In this lesson, we will learn how to carefully craft a solid position statement.

What is a Position Statement?

A position statement lets people know where you stand on a topic or debate. It can be used in a variety of areas like policy, literature, ethics and legislation.

Often times, a teacher will ask you to write a position statement on a controversial topic, or your boss will ask you to draw up a position statement for a marketing campaign. First, you will have to research the topic. Once you are familiar with the issue or issues of the topic, you can begin to craft your position statement.

Choosing Your Topic

Let's say that your teacher asks you to write a position statement on the topic of your choice. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you're writing an arguable statement with at least two sides.

For example, you should not write a position statement that argues that pollution is bad for the environment. Everyone already knows that! Instead, you could write a position statement that argues why ten percent of the federal budget should be sanctioned to fight pollution.

How to Write a Position Statement

Once you have completed all your research on a topic, decide how you feel about it based on the information you've gathered from all sides. Let's say I'm writing a position statement that argues against a school uniform policy.

Here's how I would structure my position statement.

1. The first thing you need to do is to state the topic:

'The school administration wants to implement a standard school uniform policy because so many students are dressing inappropriately for class.'

2. Next you need to pick a side:

'I am against the school implementing a policy that requires students to wear a school uniform.'

3. Now you need to provide evidence that supports your side. This evidence can be based upon scientific research, it can be a personal opinion or it can even be the popular opinion of the people who will be affected. You should have at least three supporting pieces that will help to make your position statement a strong and valid one. For example:

  • Reason #1: 'School uniforms will take away my right to wear what I want to wear. I enjoy shopping and trying on different outfits to wear at school. Uniforms will take away my personal freedom of expression.'
  • Reason #2: 'School uniforms are expensive. It costs over $500 for a boy to buy the required five dress shirts, five pairs of pants, two blazers and a pair of dress shoes. Plus, high school kids are still growing, so every year the costs will continue to accumulate.'
  • Reason #3: 'One hundred kids were randomly surveyed on the topic, and 85% were against the implementation of a school uniform.'

4. Next, if there is a problem that needs to be solved, provide an alternative solution and why you believe it could work.

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