I chose to recite a passage from the play, Othello. The passage I recited, 1.3.208-218, is originally spoken by Desdemona as she defends her marriage to her father. As I recorded the passage, multiple times, I
Daniel, you make a fascinating point. The extent to which a school can limit a students freedom of speech is a highly controversial topic. While we are guaranteed freedom of speech in the first amendment, as you pointed out, schools also retain the ability to restrict such freedom if it becomes a disruption. Online freedom of speech is difficult…[Read more]
In recent years, individuality has been on the rise. New technology and societal norms have encouraged the individual to seek new forms of expression and self-representation, and “we appear to be entering a d
Ronaysi, thank you for sharing your story. I know it is often difficult to talk about yourself, but you did a fantastic job. I find it difficult to speak or even write about myself as well. It is uplifting to hear you came to the US for a better future and I hope you found one. It sounds as if you are well prepared for your future with a chosen…[Read more]
Erik, I found your thoughts on creativity fascinating. Human creativity is often taken for granted even though it is an integral part of our culture and society. As you pointed out, it has allowed us to create unimaginable things that have changed who we are. Creativity is also a very personal trait, something that can mean the world to us but…[Read more]
Audrey, you bring up an important issue in American society today. As I get nearer to my graduation, I am seeing more and more reasons the US college debt crisis must be confronted. I found the way you compared US and Australian student debt to be helpful. It allowed me to see some of the things we need to fix with our system. You might want to…[Read more]
Adelphe, you ask some fascinating questions. I was particularly interested in your question ” how was every living thing on this planet was made?” I often find myself wondering about such things, and I am never satisfied with the answers provided. I feel as if we will never be able to fully understand the origin of everything, what about you? The…[Read more]
In recent years, healthcare has become an essential issue in politics, with each campaign promising new healthcare reforms and lower prices. When Obama came into office, he passed the affordable health care act,
Your post was very touching. I grew up with a cousin who had autism, and it was hard at times. But once I learned to accept her as she was, everything changed. Your understanding and caring for your brother and those you tutor were evident in your writing. Your strong connection will allow others to understand the importance of understanding and…[Read more]
Natalia, I have never had any interest in soccer, so I do not appreciate it fully. The amount of skill, hard work, and effort it takes to play on a competitive team is extraordinary. It is a sport that attracts people of all ages. But I have to agree it is not for everyone.
Andre, you have the choice to do and be what you want in life. America is known as the land of the free. But it is up to you to decide what that freedom means. You make a compelling argument, but maybe in the future, you might try to define what it is to be free. I have found in life freedom constitutes many things to different people. Don’t let…[Read more]
Ingrid, what a beautiful box! Your metaphor of the butterfly was a very creative way of representing your hidden personality. Your pride in Guatemala was also touching. It is important to be proud of where you came from because it will always be part of who you are. I too spent a significant time of my life growing up outside of the country, and…[Read more]
Anjela, you bring up a critical issue in today’s world. The opioid crisis is raging around us, yet it feels as if nothing is being done. Throughout your post, you make good points on why this crisis is hurting the nation and its people. Your solutions to such problems also exhibit a deep understanding of the issue. And though you make a compelling…[Read more]
Patricia, you bring up a very controversial subject in today’s politics. I agree with you though. Our current challenges with immigration are tearing the country apart. We are a land built of immigrants, and I do not think we should start closing our borders now. Maybe, in order lessen the problems of illegal immigration, we should make legal…[Read more]
David, you ask a very profound question. You can see beyond the obvious and think deeper. I too at times wonder if there is any reason or rhyme to existence. The universe is so complex that at times it feels as if it is impossible. At other times it seems to be the opposite. I would love to know more about what you think about this topic. A book I…[Read more]
As medicine advances, more and more diseases become curable and preventable. However, as more immunizations become available, some parents are starting to question whether to vaccinate their children. This is not
I really liked how informative your post was on vaccines. I am curious if you believe it is immoral to not vaccinate your child. Because if you don’t vaccinate your child, your risking their lives and the lives of others, so does that come down to a matter of morality?
This is a youth-powered social network 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.
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.