Youth sports are a part of almost every child’s life here in America, whether it is soccer, basketball, flag football, or even baseball. My earliest memories come from playing little league soccer at the age of 5
Your post is very interesting and I am so happy that you have found your inner voice. I like how you describe your breakthrough with finding your inner voice, most people havent found that and by you doing so, it probably has lifted a huge burden off your chest of finding who you are. Thank you so much for sharing your story here.
This topic is one that I personally have experienced because my aunt had a disability and was paid sub-minimum wage. The cool thing about her situation is that she did not care about the amount of money she made, she just loved helping people and contributing to a work environment. Because of this, her employer was able to pay her less so…[Read more]
Today in modern America kids are becoming more spoiled by their parents. As a society we have gotten away from teaching our kids how to work for their rewards in life. Most of the time kids are taught to work by
This is so great and I hope many more see this. Some parents just love blaming issues with their kids on public education when in reality, much of the blame may lie on their shoulders. The main issue is that the parents don’t even realize what their children are turning into. Giving love and care needs a balance because too much causes this sense of entitlement you speak of.
I have also noticed the entitlement kids have today. Kids today do not need to work for rewards now. Kids are now receiving rewards without doing anything. As they grow up, they have a feel like things should be easier for them and be handed to them. I found this article that actually gives you signs if your child may have entitlement issues. I hope to read more about this topic in the future!
The issue of mass infantilization I find, is more systemic and that the explanation of “mediocre parenting” does not do enough justice. We can see this all around us in our society. The government compels youth to attend schools where noncompliance and individuality in all its forms is constrained and stifled. Heck, the schools even legally take on the privileges your parents do in order to deprive you of basic constitutional rights.
In law, the government acts as a nanny. You can’t drive without permission from the government, you can’t drink or smoke any substance without being told its okay, you can’t do business without the government making you do it in ridiculous and bureaucratic ways.
It’s all over contemporary media that an entire generation of university students have Peter Pan’d themselves into absurdity. Certainly, some older generation could be blamed, and I certainly agree that some parents are complicit.
Animal testing is necessary because if we tested vaccines on people that were harmful, we would be killing humans and not animals. I understand that some testing on animals is unnecessary like testing shampoos and other beauty products, but vaccine testing is completely necessary because we are taking lives into consideration. Below I have…[Read more]
This post really struck home for me because I have been following this kid now for a little over a year, I have seen much of his work, and after watching daily videos for some time I developed a connection with him. As a regular viewer it was very hard to see this happen to him. The worst part perhaps was the amazing season that UCF had…[Read more]
America is facing one of the biggest immigration crises since the country has been around. America has been the Mecca for immigrants for decades for its image of the “land of the free” but recently during the
I agree with your post wholeheartedly, I believe that people born in America deserve to stay but those that came illegally don’t. I also agree that the citizenship process needs to be refined to ensure that people will go through that process to get into the country.
Casey, I really enjoy your article. I am an immigrant who came to America to seek better life and I believe everyone else has the intention in doing the same. I like how you stated “citizenship is so hard to attain that many people don’t bother even trying to get it.” This is very true, most of the people trying to receive citizenship have a hard time passing because the test may be difficult for them. I also believe that kids who are born in America and have parents that are illegal should be able to stay in America, and that the DACA should not be removed. I found an interesting article that explains why DACA should not end (https://nypost.com/2017/08/31/dont-end-daca-the-immigration-program-trump-must-save/). Anyways, thanks for the post and looking forward to what you write next.
Dear Casey :
I am proud about the Latino flag and US “America is Their Home” because it is showing that being an immigrant is not too easy.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “people born in America from illegal immigrant could be subject to deportation along with their families.” I think this is important to know because most people watch the news. I don’t, so reading your post taught me new stuff that only some people already know.
Another sentence that I found was “Right now, citizenship is so hard to attain that many people don’t bother even trying to get it. This creates a big issue because if nobody wants to take the time to become a citizen, the government will have to spend more time deporting people when they should be focusing on more important issues..” This stood out for me because not all people have free time to do all the same things. thousands of people are waiting to get their responded to there cases.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I learned me something
Whats Up Casey!
This is a very good article. I agree that citizen ship should be an easier process. This would make it so kids in DACA won’t have to spend as much time in the program. This could cut the costs of supporting a program and reduce the number of kids in it.
Scrolling through social media feeds daily is something that almost any kid does today. Most people see that this is harmless, but others say that it can be a very dangerous thing if educated properly. When any
Your post provides great insight on the view of fake news, and how it could surge into the future concerning social media and the advancement of technology. I believe that the notion of fake news has been exemplified and popularized by the Trump administration. I think that there will always be a sense of fake news roaming around politics and government because of the way information can be so readily available today. I agree with your point about how the manipulation of the media can ruin many agencies to provide a better, or try to provide a better, image for the interest of another party, company, etc. Social media is more or less like a gift and a curse. It would probably be in the best interest for everyone to keep a sharp eye on the way America is heading with the election process, and how social media is becoming a critical element which is integrated into this process as well. Thank you for the post, Jenessa, I look forward to your next one!
I had no idea that Planned Parenthood did so much for people. Being a teenage guy hasn’t presented me with any need to go to Planned Parenthood. I think it is really cool what they do for people and I’m sure that not many people really understand what they do like I just learned. I am now in support for funding Planned Parenthood since I…[Read more]
I think that the Hook-up culture that exists today is a very interesting social aspect of the times. It is very interesting how someone who wrote a long time ago could predict this in the future. I often wonder the same question and I believe that there is a possibility that we went wrong in society by glorifying people we call “famous”. If…[Read more]
This was a very thoughtful post, my class is going to watch this documentary later this week so I am excited to see how this insight translates to the film. I agree with your statement that things need to be fixed as well.
It almost seems as if mass shootings here in America are becoming normal. When I was a young kid it was very rare to see these things happen. In fact up until 2012 the events at Columbine High School seemed to be
Casey, I agree with you that more desperate measures should be taken to help stop mass shootings. I prefer to be more optimistic and believe that if gun control laws were stricter then the number of shootings would decrease significantly. It is sad to think that mass shootings are now part of the American culture. I think this article with statistics and information about shootings in America and other countries would catch your interest, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html. I look forward to what you post next!
Casey, I also agree with you. I really don’t know what the best way is to stop gun violence in America. I think restriction on gun laws and banning gun in general will reduce the amount of mass shooting, but won’t necessarily stop it. I don’t know if there will ever be a stop to mass shooting. One thing I like about your post is when you stated that “This year seems like there is almost a mass shooting once a month somewhere in the US.” This is very true and we, as American, should not be proud of this. An article I found about shooting in America which you may found interesting is https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/mass-shootings-in-america/. It talks about the math of mass shooting, which is pretty sad. Anyways, I found your post interesting and informative. I am looking forward to see what you write about next.
Gun control is probably the most debated topic in America and especially after last nights massacre in Las Vegas it will be talked about more soon. I personally feel that gun control would be difficult to regulate because everyone already has guns. Therefore it would be nearly impossible to just simply get rid of guns. I do believe…[Read more]
The issue of small business is very important to you and I admire that. I think that it is an interesting topic and we could look more at the affects it has on people like you. I am not involved personally in this matter so I cannot speak to how your life is but I imagine that big businesses are affecting how your family lives. Below I…[Read more]
I also play football but I am not seeing an inequality between different injuries and race. My whole life people that have an injury are treated with the best care no matter what race they are. Similarly there is lots of research done in the NFL about injuries but I have never heard about discrimination of race because of an injury. I…[Read more]
Lindsay, I think that you have great insight on this topic. I myself have a girlfriend who is also a twin and it is interesting to compare her life to mine. Also my mother is a twin too and it is cool to see what you write here. Thank you for sharing and I will look more into this!
I am interested in your post because i too have been wondering if there is a link between global warming and natural disasters. Global warming is a very important issue and I am appalled that people do not take it seriously. I wonder if it is too late to do something about our habits and how they affect our environment. I sure hope…[Read more]
This is a youth-powered publishing platform 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.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
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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.