Anna, I love the topic you chose. In general, society tends to glorify the violent most likely due to morbid curiosity. In addition to serial killers, we see this frequently in the news with horrific events such as mass shootings. When a mass shooting occurs the public immediately wants to know details about the person responsible, which results…[Read more]
Since the disappearance of Susan Powell, there have been little to no leads. Except for the everpresent suspicion surrounding her husband, Josh Powell, and his father, Steven Powell, all the evidence has
This article includes a series of transcripts from various 911 calls placed on February 6th, 2012. The first of three 911 calls transcribed was from the social worker on the supervised visit with Josh, Charlie,
This is a really interesting topic. I really liked how concisely you summarized these sources and how you thoroughly you explained each concept. I would love to know more about the bias of standardized tests and how that affects minority groups and their college education.
In the bizarre disappearance of Susan Powell there are two primary suspects, Josh Powell and Steve Powell who have both passed away leaving the case more cold than ever. Steve died recently in while serving time
This article was really helpful in understanding some of the commonly overlooked struggles of the homeless population. I really enjoyed how you did an interview with someone in your community; it shows that you’re truly committed to this problem and are actively seeking ways to help. In addition, the statistics you included effectively…[Read more]
You had some really solid arguments for why schools should limit the online speech of students. For example, “When young people have problems in their home or with friends outside the home, if affects them in school because they are only thinking about the problems and how they can solve them” this shows the reader a long term affect of…[Read more]
In a society where mass shootings have become somewhat of a normal occurrence, it seems like a no-brainer to implement increased surveillance in an attempt to minimize casualties and maximize safety; but is it
I enjoyed your argument Abby, but one thing I found a bit off setting was your idea of mass shootings or other events as the “norm” kind of makes your argument seem insensitive or apathetic. Might’ve just been the way I read your post, but I think your writing is very good beside my earlier comment.
The story you shared is the picture of the American dream. I’m so happy that you and your family were given the opportunity to live the U.S. and hopefully have a better future. Reading this, helped me realize how other people haven’t been given the same opportunities as I have and to be grateful for what I’ve been given. This is a…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing your story. Your story gives a personal perspective on anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Reading your narrative also helped me to understand how experiences at a young age can shape you for the rest of your life. It was really inspiring hearing how you were able to overcome obstacles especially when you…[Read more]
A prevalent issue across the nation is the legalization of medical marijuana. In Utah, many people recognize this issue as Proposition 2 in this years midterm election. Proposition 2 allows people with conditions
Your point of view is very interesting, I think solidifying a philosophy would not only benefit the teacher, but it might also clarify many things for the student. “Diversity is important to me because it is who we are as a country. When I look around I can find someone of every gender, race, religion, ethnicity, etc.” I really enjoyed this point…[Read more]
Your point of view on the separation of church and state is very intriguing. I really liked how you referenced Utah in your argument, not only because it validates your argument but it also, for those living in Utah, it is very relatable. In my opinion, even though the idea of the separation of church and state is a valid concept, I don’t think it…[Read more]
Your story about your upbringing is very unique. I really like how you capitalize on your diversity and how your experiences have shaped you as a person. However, I would suggest transition between the second and the third paragraph, because I was unclear about how it connects to the rest of your story. I think you should also go into more detail…[Read more]
I don’t play soccer either, but every time I watch soccer I am amazed by the amount of skill it takes to merely participate in the game. I liked how you mentioned the simplicity of soccer but also capitalized on how complex it is. Here is an article about the physical benefits of soccer. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406093524.htm
Thank you for providing such valuable insight on what you value in America. I agree that our free speech, press, and religion are the most valuable rights that, we as Americans, are granted. Our diverse opinions and backgrounds are a large factor as to why our country is organized in the way that it is. Here is a link that you might like,…[Read more]
Reading this post about you was really eye opening. It allowed me to realize that people aren’t what they seem on the outside. When you said, “I don’t reach for the stars i reach for the sky” did you mean that you don’t feel that you have the ability to go above and beyond or did you mean something else? Overall, your piece was really enjoyable a…[Read more]
This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
Youth Voices is a platform for youth to write about their interests, both in school and outside of school: what they are reading, what their hobbies or future careers might be, what they enjoy in their spare time. Like all of us, students follow our national leadership and form opinions. They are also welcome to write about those topics as well.
Youth Voices is fully non-partisan and welcomes youth of all types, from all regions, and with all viewpoints. Educators support youth in writing and thoughtfully responding to each other through the use of commenting guides, using tags to show common interests, playlists to support self-guided inquiry; opinions expressed by writers are their own.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.