This post made me happy! I enjoyed seeing something so positive today. I loved how you took something so simple and made it even more meaningful by explaining what happiness means to you. My favorite sentence was, “There are many synonyms, but sometimes ‘happy’ is the only way to explain something.” Everyone finds happiness in different way…[Read more]
This topic is something I care deeply about, and I thought you did a great job writing about it. Police brutality is a hot topic, and for good reason — “U.S. police killed at least 258 black people in 2016,” and the numbers keep climbing. Although many policemen do a great job keeping our communities safe, there is a clear group of r…[Read more]
I loved your post. It was so personal and gave me an insight into your life and what makes you who you are. People put a lot of emphasis on the importance of a name, and it’s for good reason. When people talk about making a name out of yourself, they refer to the connotations your name carries based on how you represent it. Your last…[Read more]
In my oceanography class, we talked a lot about this issue in wake of the terrible hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. These storms and their extreme damage was unprecedented and absolutely tragic. There is a clear correlation between warmer water (warming occurring from climate change) and hurricanes: warmer water = more fuel for the…[Read more]
I have heard a lot about the novel, “The Hate U Give,” and have been wanting to read it. Your post made me want to read it even more. One quote of yours really stuck out to me. You wrote, “Until this day I never shot any black kid or young black man. But if I did shot a black man, I would have got away with it anyways. I know this for…[Read more]
In the United States of America, even the toughest criminals have basic rights protected by our country’s Constitution. The rights of prisoners include the right to humane facilities and conditions, right to be f
Beth, I have to disagree with your claim that people don’t receive these rights, the US prison system mat not be first class seating but it does meet the basic rights. Thats a prisoner gets is the basic rights, they don’t get more thats why it’s prison. If you read, https://www.marketplace.org/2017/05/15/world/how-much-does-it-cost-send-someone-prison, you’ll notice that our tax money is going into our prisons and I don’t think many people are happy they’re paying to keep others locked up. The real problem, I think, we need to address is the hoe people get punished. There are so many problems with unjust punishment, and if we can fix that then we can lower the amount of those in prison, therefore lowers costs on people to help us take care of those who are justly in prison. Can’t wait to hear more from you.
Beth, in religion class we learned about the cruelty of the US prison system but they did not focus much on the treatment of women in prisons. its interesting to see the ways in which sexism impact lives even at the most fundamental level. I’m doing my project on drug use and I’m learning all about how unfairly the US prison system targets the poor and minority under the veil of being hard on drugs. the system results in trapping users in a cycle of repeat offenses without ever getting treatment for addiction. heres a site that details the difference between crack Vs. cocaine prison times. https://www.aclu.org/other/cracks-system-20-years-unjust-federal-crack-cocaine-law. thanks for the great post!
This post really interested me. After watching the Netflix documentary, “The 13th,” my eyes were opened to our corrupt criminal justice system. The American government uses ineffective punishments and has no desire to rehabilitate criminals, especially nonviolent drug offenders, like you mentioned. There is extreme inequality in our…[Read more]
I loved your poem. It was a really unique way of expressing who you are and what makes you the person you are today. This was very personal and touched on many aspects of your life without being over the top, which I really liked. I look forward to seeing what else you write.
Hey Olivia! This is a very interesting topic to me, and I think you presented both sides very well. I hadn’t thought of some of the points you had brought up, such as how they pay out of pocket for health issues. In a country with such extreme income inequality, it can be hard to justify someone making so much money, but like you said, there is a…[Read more]
Although many American systems are damaged, one that is often overlooked is the foster care system. Foster care, according to the National Adoption Center, is “a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for t
I really liked the idea behind your post and how passionate you were about the issue. I like how you included others viewpoints as well as providing insight to your own as well as how you felt about these other peoples viewpoints. I found an article about foster care in Utah that talks about how people are able to get involved and what can be done to help.
Really nice write up. This is an issue that is overlooked quite often, but is highly capable of leaving lasting effects on kids who get caught up in the foster care system. The quotes from others work really well to drive your point home. This is a hard problem to dissolve because of the scale and the lack of attention, however focusing on it could change so many lives.
Here’s an article discussing the problem that highlights a campaign to rework the foster care system in America:
Beth, great post! I enjoyed how you added statistics to back up your claim. I think people often overlook the foster care system because they don’t know enough information about it. They quickly look to adoption instead of fostering a child. I also liked Pamela Campbells quote when she compared the foster care system to an asthma attack- that really seemed to put it in perspective for me and other readers. I think another thing that steers people away from foster care is the fact that they are not paid actual pocket money to foster a child. It is expensive to raise a child, but it is also selfish to overlook children who need a loving home. Heres an article I found discussing the monetary aspect of foster care. https://adoption.com/how-much-do-foster-parents-get-paid
Beth, I really enjoyed your post. I agree that we tend to overlook the foster system and it’s ever growing numbers of family-less children. Your use of statistics to back up your claim was also well thought out but you made it seem more then just numbers, which it is, and that is important when writing about articles like this. I do wonder, though, why do you think the foster care children numbers are so high and are still increasing? I think finding a way to raise awareness is most beneficial because the more people know the more likely it is for a child to be adopted. If you read this article from the Spruce,https://www.thespruce.com/help-children-in-foster-care-27113, It gives more ways people can help lower rates in foster homes. Hope to see more from you in the future.
Your organization sounds so amazing and thoughtful. I think having a safe place where kids can go when things just aren’t going as expected, whatever that may mean in each individual situation, is something so important that should always be available. I liked when you said you wanted people who utilize your program to think of you as…[Read more]
Hi Mary! I find this topic fascinating, yet terrifying, so I was glad to see you write about this. I think a lot of people partake in this “self-segregation” without even realizing it because they are afraid or being challenged, even though that’s what leads to growth. This is the reason why people can hardly even have a discussion without it…[Read more]
Handheld technology certainly has its pros and cons. The pros include easy communication, access to news, a platform for change, and much more. However, there are some significant cons to cell phones concerning
This is a very interesting post. I like that you brought up the loss of sleep, and how addiction to social media can effect depression, and anxiety. Your facts are well layed out, and sourced well. I think it would be interesting if next time you looked at both sides. Like, connecting to other people around the world through social media can help you feel less isolated and alone. It can also help you keep distracted through hard situations. https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2016/01/how-to-use-social-media-to-build-self-esteem/
Euthanasia is a hot topic in today’s society because of how controversial it is, so I’m interested to see the results of your survey. People have very strong opinions about the practice, which makes it hard to come to a decision and create a law. However, it effects people around the world daily, and I think something needs to be…[Read more]
This piece was so well-written. I think everybody can relate to a time of self-doubt and low confidence. Although I never kept journals, I can easily remember those times and the insecurities. I think all middle schoolers could benefit from reading this and to realize that you will grow into yourself and learn to love yourself, and that…[Read more]
Hi Jayln! I had never even heard of the Flint Water Crisis. This is an urgent issue. I can’t believe how this is so serious (thousands of people without normal water) but barely talked about anymore. Thank you for bringing awareness to this major problem, and I hope you continue fighting for this cause because it’s extremely important. Check out…[Read more]
This is a beautiful post. I love how engaging and positive it is. I think everyone can relate with being self-conscious about one thing or another. It’s not always easy to accept yourself, imperfections and all, and I admire how overcoming that major obstacles in your life led you to realize your beauty. Turned lemons into lemonade! I look…[Read more]
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.