• Desdemona


    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

  • An article produced by CNN states that “A Colorado third-grader was suspended after shaving her head to show support for a friend battling cancer, because she’d violated her school’s dress code banning shaved h

    • Brooklyn,
      the topic of school uniforms and dress codes is a very big, though its not one that is talked about a great deal. I think it should be talked about more because of how little it is talked about. I also can see the sexist points as it makes no sense for a girl to have to wear a skirt/dress to look good, when pants are functional and they can look good. I found an article that talks about the good and the bad of the dress code, https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/dress-codes-good-thing-or-bad-thing/. Thank you for sharing this and I hope to read more from you in the future.

    • Brooklyn,
      We should be able to have the right to express ourselves and School systems are making it difficult for us to show affection to each other. Without support we will continue to be curl when one is trying to bring on a change. I really appreciate you making this post to inform everyone about this.

  • “A Colorado third-grader was suspended after shaving her head to show support for a friend battling cancer, because she’d violated her school’s dress code banning shaved heads. Her parents expected the school to

    • Brooklyn,

      Thank you for sharing this post I found it very intriguing. This is something that is very easy to relate to because of hour hair and dress code policies. I think administrations at schools should give students a voice to allow them to express the feelings and emotions they have towards a subject in the hand book. I know a student at our school, Judge Memorial, overturned a hair rule due to his ethnic culture. The story about the girl supporting her friend is a great example of caring for another human. I feel that is the students choice and should be allowed as it supports a great cause to a dear friend. Do you think that rules at our school will change due to more students standing up for rules in the handbook?

    • Brooklyn,
      This is a very great post although it is a very hard topic to fight. The federal government only has say on what public schools are doing not private schools. In an instance of that happening at Judge the Supreme Court could not do anything to over rule their dress code rules since its a right of the private schools to be allowed to make their own dress code. I am in favor of your argument that dress codes need to be loosened although it is very hard to tackle that since it would only be for public schools and the majority of public schools have very loose dress codes.

    • Hey Brooklyn! This is a debate that has been raging since before we were even born and honestly? It drives me nuts. Back when my grandmother went to school, her public school (without a uniform of any sort) wouldn’t even let girls wear pants. It’s interesting how school rules on dress and expression change with the times. I think that the amount of sexism in most school dress codes is ridiculous, many having strict rules against girls’ bra straps showing but nothing on guys not wearing shirts. The example you used about the girl supporting her friend who had cancer is just another in long list of strange and unusual rules, typically ones that have no real reasoning behind them. I can’t wait to see where you go with this!

  • Ceceli, I really enjoyed this post because PP is relevant in our lives so much. I believe that we need to keep the PP’s open. They have helped women all across the world in so many ways. Many people don’t understand that and that is why it is important to start informing others. I took your survey as well and it is awesome that we know so much…[Read more]

  • Brooklyn commented on the post, The Orchard 2 years, 4 months ago

    Nathan, I really enjoyed this poem. The words are very poetic and run very nicely together. It provides great imagery and really tells a story. Keep up the good work!

  • Liv, I really enjoyed this because this is something that is relevant in our lives as women. I agree that we need to start being paid the same as men because it is only fair. We work just as hard or even harder and we still aren’t recognized for our duties. Here is an article that I found about the wage gap:…[Read more]

  • Chimson, I really enjoyed reading this. I definitely agree that everyone should have the same rights regardless of their race or if they are part of the LGBT community. Everyone should feel equal in this world. We are in 2018 and still trying to figure out if we belong. We have a lot of work to do to succeed in this world and we need to continue…[Read more]

  • Abigail, this poem is amazing. It shows great imagery and describes everything out in the world. I like this poem a lot and it creates a lot of images that I see where I live. Hope to see more poems in the future.

  • Catherine, I really enjoyed reading your post. I thought it was very intriguing because the media often does not tell the truth to their audience. They put false information out there and no one really knows what is the truth because there are so many lies out there. Honestly, I have a fear of sharks due to the movies and information I have…[Read more]

  • There is a big debate about girls and their school uniforms whether or not girls wear their uniforms appropriately during school. There have been multiple cases about girls who have stood up for what they think is

    • Hi Brooklyn, I am interested in your research topic. In my opinion, students should wear school uniform but schools should not be too strict about uniform. Students should be able to use their imagination to make some proper changes about the uniform so that everyone is unique and students will enjoy wearing them. However, teenagers make poor choices and teenagers can’t control themselves.
      Here is useful link: http://www.kingsnews.org/articles/the-restrictions-of-school-uniform

    • Brooklyn, this is an interesting subject. At Judge, the girls and boys wear the same uniform (different models for gender but still same idea), so there is no gender enforced uniform for those who don’t identify with a gender, however I have personally seen boys wearing shorts so short that if girls were to wear them, they would definitely be dress coded. There is also a big issue with the cheerleaders not being allowed to wear spanx in front of the football players because they get “too distracted”. It would be interesting to hear your personal experience with the Judge uniform. I look forwards to it.

    • Brooklyn,
      The stories you found are very compelling and I think it reflects what the problems with uniform really are. I think it’s important that the girls aren’t distracted from learning by having to put so much time into considering something so minimal. I think you would be interested in researching the prom dress codes schools enforce too (http://www.refinery29.com/2017/02/142248/prom-season-sexist-dress-preapproval-policy). The reach has gone too far in my opinion, but I am curious to see where you go with it.

    • Brooklyn,
      thank you for sharing about this topic. I believe that it is a big issue, especially at judge. We should not have to cover ourselves up so that thew boys can focus on their schooling and academics. It is somewhat of an injustice, and I am not okay with it.
      Check out this article, I think you will enjoy it.

      Arguments and Rebuttals


    • Hi Brooklyn, great post? When talking about “why” girls are being accused, you should give some more points on “how” they are being accused of breaking code. I along with other students have seen this happen to many people during the school year, but in some cases what actions that the school did were necessary; as a private institution we sign a form where we agree to follow school conduct, I believe we should just properly follow there rules. I do agree in the opinion that we should have seasonal dress codes though, students should be able to dress more “freely” but at the same time properly-when writing about your topic, try to create more of a 2-sided argument.
      You can read or “wonderful” principal statement about “lead with their hearts along with their minds”

    • Hi Brooklyn! I enjoyed reading your post and could relate to the restrictions of the dress code. When I was in middle school the administration set a dress code that restricted girls from wearing leggings. When students asked why they did this, their answer was always that it was a distraction to the boys. Yes this is an easy way to get rid of this issue, but is it the best and most fair way to go about it? I don’t believe so.

    • Brooklyn, I find this topic very relatable, especially at our school. It seems that it is only girls who get in trouble with violating the school dress code or the school uniform. I believe that uniforms are a great thing, but they need to be more accommodating for girls. Obviously boys and girls wear different things and schools need to be accepting and accommodating of that. Here is an article that you may like: https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/30/health/school-dress-codes-body-shaming-girls-parenting/index.html

    • Hey Brooklyn, as I am sure you can see, your post is one many have a feelings about. At my school boys and girls where the same exact uniform. The issue I have with it is the fact that girls can be written up on more things than boys, including our bra color. I think this is ridiculous and a far bigger issue than ‘distractions’. There’s nothing punitive there.

    • Hey, Brooklyn. I really like what you are saying here, and totally agree with it especially in the context of our school. The restrictions are very well laid out, but many of them are ridiculous and obviously directed at the girls. If guys break the same rules, such as rolling shorts and shirts, there are rarely consequences whereas girls always get in trouble for it. Here is an interesting article by CNN about this topic: https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/30/health/school-dress-codes-body-shaming-girls-parenting/index.html. I’ll look forward to your next post.

  • Bobby, I really enjoyed reading this post. I am taking film studies this year and it really puts into perspective what goes into making a film. Every time I go see a movie now I look into the aspects of what it takes to make a movie. I think this is a very important question in what you are asking. Many people don’t think movies are art when in…[Read more]

  • Tyler, I really enjoyed this video. It really shows what is happening in the US. This is something we all have to constantly worry about. I agree with the fact that we need to start teaching kids that gun violence is not okay. Many of these issues start from home and if we can reduce that then we can start to see a change in society as well. Here…[Read more]

  • There seems to be a lot of controversy about uniforms and the dress codes. I go to a private Catholic school so I understand what is happening around. Girls seem to get in trouble a lot more for the dress code

    • Brooklyn, I am astonished by your post. I like how you bring up the points about girls getting body shamed for what they wear and how boys get in trouble less for dress code than girls. I agree with your post because I saw this same issue in our public high school. A girl’s group in my school decided to confront admin at our school in a meeting on how bias they were being on dress code for boys and girls, and eventually they started to have the same expectations for boys and girls. These past three years we have had more freedom in how we choose to dress like. Your post helped me recall this accomplishment in our school. I want to thank you for writing about this topic!

    • Brooklyn I found your post to be very compelling and I agree with the issue at hand. I attend a Catholic, private school as well and I have personally experienced this issue from the school’s administration. Here is another article about school dress codes body-shaming girls that I think you would find interesting: https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/30/health/school-dress-codes-body-shaming-girls-parenting/index.html

    • Brooklyn,
      I am really inspired by this post because I am doing my senior project on gender norms in schools and this is a very popular topic. I too think that girls are more discriminated than boys regarding dress codes and it is still happening today which is really bothering. You are right, there needs to be a way to talk about this especially in schools and at home.

    • Brooklyn,
      I think this is a really interesting topic, and I also recently made a post about it. One of the articles I looked at was this one https://www.motherhoodthetruth.com/school-uniforms-destroying-body-image/ that a mother wrote about her daughter’s school uniform damaging her self esteem, which I think is a huge problem with uniforms. I think uniforms often feminize and only cater to a certain body type, one which most people do not have. As someone who has had trouble finding well fitting and flattering clothes since a very early age, only to be forced into a school uniform myself that does not cater positively to anything that looks good on me, I feel discouraged wearing a uniform and am anxiously awaiting the next time I can trade in my khakis for jeans, not because I don’t like the color or anything, but because of the fit schools make us buy uniforms in. This is a problem that I think really needs to be addressed, and not for any superficial reasons, but because I firmly believe that uniforms damage body image.

    • Brooklyn,
      This topic really interested me because it is different than anything on Youth Voices and its so relatable. You said that girls more frequently get in trouble for their dress code and I completely agree with that statement. There has been times where I have been called into the office for “giving myself the wrong image” with what I wear. Clothing is an expression of yourself and although we have to wear uniforms, I think individuality is important. I can’t wait to hear more from you because I am very interested in your argument.

  • Hannah, I really liked this article because we are seniors and we are having to go through this soon. Especially if we don’t have the job we want yet, paying off the debt is going to be extremely hard. I agree that student loans should be decreased significantly so that we can have a better education and not worry about what is happening with…[Read more]

  • Tyler, I really enjoyed reading this post. This is very relevant today in football and other many sports. There are so many people who have suffered from concussions and have been impaired for the rest of their life. This is a great way to spread awareness. The photos were also a great touch. Here is this paper that has some great information on…[Read more]

  • “Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health services in the United States and internationally. In 2014, federal and state governments provided the organization with $528 mil

    • Hello Brooklyn, I am interested in your topic. Planned Parenthood is a really good way to prevent unintended pregnancy. Being a parent is not a easy responsibility and parent need to get ready for that. If not, they can make their own choices. “Planned Parenthood says it prevents an estimated 579,000 unintended pregnancies per year.” according to CNN. This statistics is significant which means Planned Parenthood is a good way and people need to have place to seek out help when they want.
      Here is useful resource: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/04/health/planned-parenthood-by-the-numbers/index.html

  • Sara,
    This is a really intriguing topic that you wrote about. I liked how this was a survey and it really got me to think about others and why people care so much on other peoples lives. I believe that if the child is under good care and is has great parents who love and respect them, then why in the world does it matter to other people if their…[Read more]

  • Billy,
    I really enjoyed your post. I think that this is a topic where everyone can relate to it because we all have access to the internet. My three year old brother already has his own Ipad. I think that we need to stop relying on the internet so much and start going back the basics. For instance, instead of using your phone for directions, get…[Read more]

  • These past few months have been very difficult for the Citizens of the United States. Many of us don’t think the United States are very “united.” There have been many riots and protests that have been caused by

    • Thanks for writing about this topic. It has been on my mind lately. America is getting more and more polarized, especially over political issues. The divide between liberals and conservative is getting scary. Compromise is a thing of the past, especially in the lawmaking bodies of the US. The senate and house of representatives can’t get anything bi-partisan done these days, as most people vote on party lines. I saw an interesting TED talk about how we as a society can heal this divide. https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal

    • This is such an important topic to talk and write about. American’s these days especially in the political atmosphere seem to be butting heads more often than not, causing extreme tension where there should be unity and hard work done. Our political parties in the past year have grown further apart, instead of standing together. Today, the factor of political correctness is what both parties try to “one up” each other on. I watched a Ted Talk on how to be emotionally correct, which I hope in some way can show the compassion that is direly needed in this country. https://www.ted.com/talks/sally_kohn_let_s_try_emotional_correctness

    • I don’t believe it’s a matter of America needing “someone” to fix our problems. I believe racial issues grow within households, and communities first. There needs to be more conversations about how everyone has their own personal biases, and can sometimes begin to believe stereotypes that their family or society has breed them to believe. The United State’s upward mobility is a low 7%- meaning there is a gap in the distribution of economic and academic opportunities. Statistically families of color are more likely to live in lower income neighborhoods, which limits their children to schools within a zip code rather than their academic abilities. White families are usually in more middle and upper class neighborhoods so they are not subjected to lower qualified schools because there is usually more funding put into the schools near them. If a family can not afford private schooling, then they remain stuck in this cycle. Education is the key to solving inequality, but if there is no adequate access then there is no permanent solution.

    • What steps do you think we can take to change this? Is it possible to fix? How can we do it locally? Globally?

    • Dear Brooklyn
      I am concerned about your post because it’s impacting people and children all over the United States. Also many of us are against Trump because he’s tearing apart families that have struggled are their lives and are still going through tough times.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ We no longer stick up for each other and are constantly at battles with one another for our own opinions.” I think this is true because many people are arguing on who’s side to be on and it leads to violence.
      Another sentence that appealed to me: “ We are having not only political issues but cultural as well” This stood out for me because it’s very typical and I see it every day. I see it on the news, and I see it at school when students start to take on negative influences and use it.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it connects to my daily life and it impacts children and older people all over the world.

    • Brooklyn,
      You make some very important claims in this post, but without many facts to back it up. Next time, I suggest sprinkling in some evidence to support this idea. In addition, it might be beneficial to add something more than just an opinion, like give suggestions for remedies of this issue or identify other causes. It’s a good start though.

    • I also don’t think that we all need to agree on something. It’s important to have different views in order to have an open mind. I would be interested to hear what you think about this article, which argues that the United States have never been divided. https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/why-is-the-united-states-so-divided-simple-it-was-never-united-at-all

  • Drinking in colleges has always been something that the students do for experience and to have fun. The downside to that is the fact that many people die or become sick from alcohol poisoning. Some of the reasons

    • Good job brooklyn!
      I completly agree with you that alchol is a serious issue for college students and something that needs to be dealt with. College is s place to have fun and learn and alchol binging can ruin that experience. I found those statistics very surprising and it helped give me a better understanding of the size of the issue.

    • Hi Brooklyn,
      I really enjoyed reading your article, and I completely agree with you that this is a big issue right now. I also agree that lots of people chose to drink alcohol because they think it will make you cool and mature. However, there a lot of consequences when making these kinds of decisions. In addition, a lot of students in high school are also experiencing alcohol which is very concerning. The only way to solve this, in my opinion, is to enforce the rules and to provide harsher consequences for under-age drinking.

      Good Job on your article!

    • Brooklyn, I agree with you that this is a serious topic that we should be talking about. Many students in college drink to fit in or to have fun but thankfully not as many students are abusive drinkers. I think it’s important that we educate students to realize the consequences they could face from abusing alcohol and what it could mean for their future.

    • Hi Brooklyn,
      Your article was very interesting to read because it is a serious problem in America. American drinking culture is becoming more and more dangerous, especially in college students, and it is a problem that has to be addressed. The statistics were great on supporting your point and strengthened your argument.

    • Great job Brooklyn! I agree with you. I also think college kids are scared to report when a peer gets alcohol poisoning because of the consequences, but recently the law has changed so that you can’t get punished if you call and get help for a peer. I also think college is a great place to have fun, meet people, and educate yourself further, but some things should be done in moderation.

    • Brooklyn, I found your article very intriguing. I agree this is a serious issue in college and high school, but I think the reason why we have so many incidents involving alcohol poising and other related fatalities is that our society makes it a taboo to drink. Americans make drinking such a taboo that by the time we get the opportunity to have alcohol, it becomes an issue and excessive. I truly believe that when alcohol is introduced earlier and talked about without making it a taboo, there will be less desire to excessively drink. I found this article, (https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/college-alcohol-abuse/) about college alcoholism, that you might find interesting to read. Your post was informative and enjoyable to read. -Mae

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