I think that your striving to become a better writer is awesome. I myself also love writing, especially creative writing, and personally I find that reading other peoples work helps a lot too. There is a website called wattpad where you can publish writing, like stories or poems or essays, and also establish copyright on your pieces.…[Read more]
I think this topic really interesting, because with the technology we have, we have the power to do a lot. Especially with our food. There is an old tv show, called Gilligans island that explores this in a funny. Five people are stranded on an island and one day radioactive food washes ashore and it basically gives them super powers.…[Read more]
With easy access to smartphones, computers, televisions, newspapers, magazines, and a plethora of other information accessibility capable devices, we essentially have the world at our fingertips with information
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 learned in the past, but in reality they are the ones who are scared of us. I think we need to start putting the truth out there rather than old or fake news. Here is an article about fake news that I think would be a big help: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/upshot/fake-news-and-bots-may-be-worrisome-but-their-political-power-is-overblown.html
Catherine, your post was fascinating and I loved all the examples you included. I certainly agree with you that what people see in the media greatly affects their views of the world around them. And I also agree that for the majority of the time, those views are stemmed from fear into something negative. I found a really interesting article that is similar to your post that you might enjoy reading: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-were-living-in-the-age-of-fear-w443554
I totally agree with you, I think that memorization is not the way to learn. I have been doing Theater since I was in fourth grade, and I’ve been in over twenty plays in my life in which we memorize scripts for every show, memorization works well in Theater because there is a natural flow to it, and the words don’t mean anything until the…[Read more]
One thing that I have always been curious about is the fear of things we have not experienced ourselves. I come around to this often with sharks. They are my second favorite animal, in specific the Black Tip R
Catherine, this is a great topic. The fear of the unknown is one that’s hard to pin down. Some of the articles I’ve briefly looked at pointed to xenophobia, but I personally don’t think that captures it fully. Sure it’s an irrational dislike and fear of something we don’t know, but I feel like that falls from ignorance. You yourself state that you know the likelihood of you being bitten let alone killed are ridiculously low, next to guaranteeing your safety, yet you still don’t wade into the ocean. Could it stem from you watching Jaws as a young child? Shark Week? Of course, no one likes to be pegged as a xenophobe since the connotation is fear towards those from other countries, while the word itself stems beyond that.
I really enjoyed reading this story, I thought that it was a powerful thing you did by opening Hope. My grandmother works with an organization in Utah called The House of Hope, which is sort of a half way house for women who were recently released from jail or struggling with drug addiction, things like that, and their children. Though…[Read more]
My school also read 1984. It is a very interesting book with a lot of curious events, especially this idea of being watched the whole time. If you have not read past this part yet, I’m wondering, what do you think is written in the note to Winston? Do you think that the way she passed it to him was smart, or do you think that it was…[Read more]
I think this is a very interesting topic, especially right now with our current medical care system and the rights we have at this time. I don’t think about this a lot unless it finds it way into mainstream media, the occasional news story or arc on a TV show, but bottom line it’s not often something I think about. I think that this…[Read more]
I am a lover of sharks, they’re my second favorite animal overall and favorite ocean animal so I’m very passionate about this topic. I’ll start by saying that this disgusts me, I hate the slaughtering of sharks just for their fins, it sickens me. One thing that I find particularly disturbing though is how many fishers dispose of the…[Read more]
As I was sitting in my English class on a gloomy day in January, adjusting a brace that I have on my knee due to an injury that was changing position over and over because of the fabric of uniform I’m wearing, the
I have attended private school for thirteen years now and with that I have worn plaid skirts, khaki shorts, and polo shirts for the same amount of time. I have not had the luxury to experience a life not in uniform, however I have always wondered how different it would be. To this day, I envy people who are able to express themselves through their clothing at school and learn in comfort. With all angst aside, I have found my Catholic School uniform to be (at times) unbearable. From a woman’s perspective, our body’s are always changing size/shape/etc; and the confinement of cardboard textured shorts makes learning uncomfortable. I’m not saying that uniforms should be done away with, but I do think that the style and even material should be made more flexible for the individual. To answer your question, no. I do not think that uniforms should be standard in schools. While there are pro’s there are also cons, and it seems that the cons outweigh the pros. I could ramble on and on about this argument, but I think that you ultimately presented it well. If you want to read about it anymore I found this article interesting https://www.motherhoodthetruth.com/school-uniforms-destroying-body-image/
Catherine, I really like your interest in this topic. I think it’s important students be happy with everything about themselves at school, especially the way they look. I’ve also gone to a private school my whole life. In elementary school my uniform was strict and closely monitored by everyone. I don’t remember hating it too much, except for when my teachers thought I was wearing makeup and would make me go wash it off. This made me really upset because I never broke that code and I almost felt as if I was being bullied. In high school that all changed because at Judge we had a lot more freedom in the uniforms. I couldn’t imagine what school would be like if I had to chose and outfit every single day. However I agree that students should be able to express themselves in anyway they chose. I don’t mean ill fitted clothing and suggestive quotes on shirts. I just think it’s important that kids learn to be themselves because as we get older, it’s important we know exactly who we are, even if it is just in the things we wear. I guess my ultimate question after reading this is with our ever growing and changing society do you think schools will eventually take these complaints into consideration and allow students everywhere to wear what they want, even Judge?
I haven’t ever had to wear a uniform in school but my sister did for a time, she absolutely hated it and felt as you do about them being uncomfortable and not being able to express yourself. I agree that students in uniforms are more likely to be violent because I feel that they would feel oppressed and be more prone to rebelling and that if students had more freedom ( to dress for example) they wouldn’t be provoked into rebellious behaviour.
I never have wore a uniform but do understand how it is going to a school where not everyone can afford nice clothes. The poverty rate in America is extremely high and in private school most children are not in the poverty. I believe that school uniforms are a great idea. There are people who do not have hip clothes or top brands. If there were uniforms everyone would look the same and not feel ashamed or stand out. Also it would take away dress code issues or distractions in school. I know this is my own opinion and I respect yours and the research you have done. Well done and your argument is valid and well written.
This is an interesting perspective on what it means to be an American. I think that maybe what’s happened is that what it means to be an American has morphed, but that fundamentally, to the core our values are still similar, just the way we’ve presented them have changed. Women and people of color are still discriminated against, just in…[Read more]
Cheryl, I thought this was really interesting, and I notice it happening a lot in my day to day life. For example, I can’t work on math for more than two hours, even if it’s a concept I’m really good at, because I start forgetting everything and making careless mistakes. This also happens to me in Theater, where the fiftieth time I recite a…[Read more]
I really liked your post. I agree with you too. I think that they had every right to kneel. If injustice is happening I think that peacefully protesting it on a national platform is one of the best ways to go. Many people argue that they were disrespecting the flag, but I have looked up flag code. If this is there main arguments it…[Read more]
This was a really interesting post to read. I personally love mythology. I don’t know much about the urban legends and urban myths that were conjured up to explain fear, but I do know some interesting myths. One that I find particularly interesting is the Pimuvit myth of how the sky got its stars. It’s said that animals angered a…[Read more]
Something that has interested me for years is sleep paralysis. Many people I have talked to have never experienced sleep paralysis, and after doing some research I’ve realized that this is not something that
Your piece is very interesting but there’s not much here about your findings. This sounds horrifying but you only go one sentence into explaining the intensity. It would be awesome if you went more into detail about this topic because there’s a lot about the topic. Find more!! This is an awesome topic.
While I do agree with you that in some ways music has gone downhill in the past few years, often I find music in certain genres lacking the depth that it used to have. However, there is more than one genre of music, and not all music today is the same. If you go looking for music that has more to it than just what most pop music has,…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post. The tone you wrote it in seemed very friendly, which made it a fun and interesting read. I think that your outlook on school where you’re trying to focus on your academics while you’re in class, but after school looking for fun and new things to do is a really smart way to look at things and is going…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post. I quite like the friendly tone, which made it fun and interesting to read, and the tone you used also made me feel like I was reading something a friend had written for me. It’s good that you have a balance between school life where you mostly focus on academics now after your Freshman year, and…[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.