• Isaiah,
    Thank you so much for your reply. I’m very glad that my positive message was able to reach you, I myself was a little tired of hearing everyone complain about the injustices that they claim engulf the entire nation, so I decided to write this piece about all the wonderful things in our wonderful country, characteristics that commonly go…[Read more]

  • Thank you for your thoughts Walter, I’m glad that you enjoyed the historical aspects of my piece. It’s very important to our society that we do not forget the roots of our nation and its people and just how far we have come since the principle foundation of America. I look forward to seeing more of your thoughts on Youth Voices and reflecting on them.

  • Hey Sophia,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us. I recently read a CNN article that discussed the intricate ways in which this crisis can be solved. It has gone on for quite some time now as you acknowledged, but the possible resolutions have many variables that could go into permanently solving the problem. In order to fix this…[Read more]

  • A Melting Pot is defined by Merriam Webster as “a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole” (“Melting Pot”), but over the lengthening time period that this country

    • Hey Owen, really do like the analogies you draw in your piece. The example of a snowstorm in your conclusion really spoke to me, and was really the perfect anecdote to bring the entire piece together. It is important to remember that our country really was born of violence, in your passages that highlight the experiences of Malcolm X and the early country of the USA. Those really spoke to me, as many forget that the History of America was painted primarily in blood.

      • Thank you for your thoughts Walter, I’m glad that you enjoyed the historical aspects of my piece. It’s very important to our society that we do not forget the roots of our nation and its people and just how far we have come since the principle foundation of America. I look forward to seeing more of your thoughts on Youth Voices and reflecting on them.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am amazed by your post “Melting Pot” because of your ideas. The way that you compared America to a Melting Pot is the perfect metaphor. It describes our country very well.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Each and every one of us brings to the table something different from the other, each American contributes to society in a unique way, and when we all contribute in different ways, we come together and we form a society united by our differences, a society and a nation that can not be broken because of all the bonds that we have between ourselves. Diversity isn’t a dividing factor amongst Americans, diversity brings us together and makes us part of this Melting Pot”. I think this is great because I completely agree with it and each one of us is different in our own way, but if we come together then we can create something amazing.

      Another sentence that I admired was “This nation has always been adaptive and has never failed to change with new times, and although our Melting Pot did not exist at the start of the United States, it did not take very long for whites to begin adopting foreign cultures, and as soon as that took hold, we were left with hundreds of different values and beliefs that we all hold close to us today, because they are all part of the Melting Pot, and the Melting Pot is part of all of us.” This also stood out to me because of the powerful message behind it that we all make up America in a unique way.

      I agree with you that the great amount of diversity in America is a factor to the greatness of the nation. The diversity makes our country unique and it adds to the Melting Point. It also adds many different perspectives and cultures to our country.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of your excellent writing style and the way that you express your great ideas.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am intrigued by your post “Melting Pot” because of the ideas that you convey in said post. I am intrigued by it because you convey ideas that people have, but just don’t have the words or voice to speak up and say.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “By calling yourself an American, you do not identify as a specific race, gender, or religion, but rather a mix of all of them. We all put our own aspects into this melting pot of a country, and we all draw our identities from these aspects, which grow in size each year.” I think this is inspiring to some people because to those whose families don’t come from a “special” place, this could show them that even if they aren’t foreign, they can still have unique aspects about them.

      Another sentence that I was intrigued by was: “Often times people don’t hear many negative thoughts about our founding fathers and tend to believe that these people had no flaws.” This stood out for me because as a student, I have never really learned anything about the Founding Fathers other than that they paved the way for our society to this day.

      I do agree completely with you that “… a contradiction laid out in our Declaration of Independence by proclaiming “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal”…” One reason I say this is because of all the men and women in jail. Some of these men and women, were wrongfully and/or didn’t have the right attorneys for the jobs. Another reason I agree with you is that even today in society you see people of minorities, LGBTQ+, etc. being treated differently because of how they look, and/or who they love, etc.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of the way you explain the ideas that you write about, and how you choose to write about ideas that are happening in society throughout the years, instead of just in one time period.

  • Thank you Allison, I think that it’s very important that people realize that although they might not like who’s not in office, they were elected nonetheless and America will still be America due to the checks and balances that exist in our government and I’m glad that I got that point across to you.

  • Walter,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoyed reading about how although the life of Americans is changing, the principles on which we were built remain constant and provide as reasoning for why we’ve been able to persevere as a nation. Do you think our country is united enough on these founding principles that the American Dream will…[Read more]

  • Thank you Lila!! I appreciate the feedback and I’m glad that you enjoyed my post! It’s very important – especially in today’s world – to have a uniting force among our citizens and that Americans realize how truly amazing all of our opportunities are.

  • America is and forever will be the land of opportunities. The American Dream is different for everyone, and as Robert J. Shiller said in his article The Transformation of the American Dream, this world-renowned

    • Owen,

      I was really interested in your paper because of how intriguing your opening paragraph is. It really made me want to keep reading and your sentence fluency is amazing! I agree with your claim, and I also believe that equality and opportunity are extremely important. This really is a nation of opportunity. Great work!:)

      • Thank you Lila!! I appreciate the feedback and I’m glad that you enjoyed my post! It’s very important – especially in today’s world – to have a uniting force among our citizens and that Americans realize how truly amazing all of our opportunities are.

    • Owen,

      I really liked how much detail and time you put into your writing. I can tell you worked extremely hard on researching your topics. One spot that stood out to me is that you said a lot of people didn’t vote for Donald Trump but still have to live with it because the other half of Americans did vote. I thought this was interesting because people sometimes make it like a public official is just randomly appointed which isn’t always the case because there are people that have to vote for them. I also liked how you used well known documents to make your points more clear.

      • Owen replied 2 months ago

        Thank you Allison, I think that it’s very important that people realize that although they might not like who’s not in office, they were elected nonetheless and America will still be America due to the checks and balances that exist in our government and I’m glad that I got that point across to you.

    • Dear Owen

      I am very relieved about this post, “The united states of america” because it shows that people can look at the brighter side of things and be optimistic to society. The point of view about the world that we all have a fair chance at life is very intelligent. To me it’s always great to see a view about america that’s not “We are always being oppressed by whites

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Our Constitution gives every single citizen the ability to live a life without restrictions, regulations, or intervention by the federal government, which ties into our American Dream by laying down the opportunity for any citizen to pursue any career that they might choose. With no large government to force people to be a farmer or a doctor or a part of the nobility” I think this is agreeable because people do take for granted america where as in the U.K you literally can’t go to the bathroom at a certain time yet they don’t tell you this. America is fair that you can pick your career and be anything that you want to be

      Another sentence that I liked was: “Malcolm X succeeded in defying poverty and proving that no matter who you are or where you live, the American Dream is out there, you just have to go find it.” This stood out for me because it is true. Even though malcolm went through poverty malcolm still had major opportunities throughout his like to be able to support himself individually.

      I do strongly agree with you that we are free people and we have free opportunities to do anything that we want in life and that America is a good place. One reason I say this is that other countries (Iran, Iraq, Islam etc…) tell you what to do and/or what to say with punishment for not doing said things. Another reason I agree with you is that the people of america are the ones to make the country and not the president which is something i feel like everyone should know because if something happens most likely we’re ready to blame him, even though some of it is his fault there are a lot of things where it’s not.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i love seeing a new point of view about the feelings of america. It shows that there is a good and bad side to everything and most should stop looking at the bad.

      -isaiah

      • Isaiah,
        Thank you so much for your reply. I’m very glad that my positive message was able to reach you, I myself was a little tired of hearing everyone complain about the injustices that they claim engulf the entire nation, so I decided to write this piece about all the wonderful things in our wonderful country, characteristics that commonly go unnoticed and are frequently taken for granted in this day and age. I suggest that you check out some articles about the current situation in the middle eastern countries that you mentioned, it really makes you appreciate everything that we have as Americans, even further beyond the points that I brought up.

    • Dear Owen:

      I am astounded with the level of your detail and description in your essay your letter on The American Dream, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities
      ” because it includes thing from over 250 years ago, which emphasizes your detail. Moreover, explaining the job and importance of the declaration of independence reallys adds to the thoroughness of your document. And lastly explaining equality is an impr

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “One intrical part to the social structure of America is the equality of all people, no matter what their race or religion.” I think this is significant because it shows the core part of the melting pot of a nation that the US is today, a homage for people seeking religious freedom.

      Another sentence that I looked at was: “Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live”. It expressed one of the reasons why people say that america is a 1st world country, meaning that it has all the freedoms.

      I don’t really agree with you that, “ Americans will always have the opportunity to live the absolute best life they can live” One reason I say this is because of religious freedom a lot of people come here and they get discriminated against. Another reason I disagree with you is because because so people don’t have a great started in life, so instead it should read most will always have the opportunity to live the absolute best life they can live

      Thanks for taking the time to get a grade and write this powerful document. Hope to see you again on another document.

    • Dear Owen,

      I am satisfied with your writing, “The United States of America: a Nation of Opportunities” because it appears to hold qualities of a truthful piece of writing in most of its aspects. It is also detailed enough to paint a picture for those who are not habitants of the country

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “…we still have not gained full equality, as we still see examples today of women earning less than men in the workplace or African Americans facing discrimination in their lives. ” I think this is appreciable because it allows for the audience to see the good and bad in the U.S., and it is not told in its entirety all the problems of this country, but it isn’t downplayed.

      Another sentence that I noticed was: “ Malcolm X succeeded in defying poverty and proving that no matter who you are or where you live, the American Dream is out there, you just have to go find it.” This stood out for me because I felt like this one piece of information tells the story for majority of citizens in the United States.

      I don’t fully agree with you that rights granted to citizens are inalienable. One reason I say this is that in the Constitution it states that all rights may be taken away from you and that you may be a slave in an event that a citizen is incarcerated. Another reason disagree with you is that there are things within this setup for certain people to fail and for some to remain in power and remain wealthy. Therefore, not allowing everyone to have a fair chance at achieving their goals as an individual.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, many topics are highly arguable and controversial, and it is a healthy way for ideas to be exchanged.

    • Dear Owen ,

      I am not surprised by the things you said in your article but i do agree with the things you say. These are the things that people in the usa think everyday.For example, Perhaps the most important opportunity that we enjoy as Americans is the opportunity to live, which doesn’t mean that we’re allowed to be born, but signifies that we have the opportunity to pursue any form of life that we desire. Americans are indeed free, and freedom can be defined by the choices that we are allowed to make on any given day that”. This is how i feel as an American. People in america probably think this everyday.

      The one sentence that stood out to me was ” the united states permits us to live the lives we always dreamed of , to picture our american dream and see it achieved twenty years down the road. ” This explains how Americans see and know how they want to live but there are still obstacles here that prevent this from happening.
      One thing i disagree with is “ After all, we are free Americans, and if we do not like the direction of our nation, we will always have the opportunity to alter or abolish our system of government”. I’m not sure what you were trying to say exactly with this point but from what i gathered i disagree in asense. I mostly disagree because i feel that not many are heated in an attempt to speak against the government.It is true that we have the opportunity to do so doesn’t mean we are capable to abolish it.
      Thank you for writing i look forward to seeing more of your views and points on this topic or any other topic in general. I admired how you took your time to express the way you feel about such underrated topic.

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