It is true that within our society of almost 400 million people, animal products are produced and consumed at an alarming rate. “Roughly 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are used and k
Your post was clearly something you are very passionate about which made it evoke even more in me. After reading you post it frustrated me how cooperations have been treating animals. It amazes me that we can treat other creatures who have perceptions of pain, freedom, hunger, etc. with such cruelty. I know so many people in my life who consume meet and animal products constantly and your article made me want to make them all stop. https://www.peta.org is an organization that protects the rights of animals and I thought you might enjoy learning about them. Thank you, good luck with your research!
Gabe, your post is so interesting! I’ve never thought of the idea of an inner voice or even what mine is. It’s really cool that you can identify that and share it with youthvoices. I think you’re right about finding your inner voice is much easier as you grow. You go through so many experiences in your life that make you the person you are meant…[Read more]
Tess, I love your article. I think it’s so important you are discussing this topic and trying to understand why there is gender inequality. It’s interesting that you found some evidence of parents starting this gender inequality at home and that Moms have learned to underestimate their daughters and not their sons. I also believe this has…[Read more]
Christopher, I really enjoyed reading your article! This is something I’ve actually wondered about countless times. I mean in our society it’s so obvious that kids are overcome by technology. It’s crazy seeing infants who can’t even walk yet, already knowing how to use a phone. When I was a kid I wasn’t even confronted with so much technology…[Read more]
Angie, I absolutely love your poem. It seems very personal to you. I think it’s awesome that you shared it on youthvoices. I always love reading poetry and I have to say yours is one of my favorites that I’ve read on youthvoices so far! I think it’s interesting you connected love with your emotions. I hope you continue to write poetry. Thanks…[Read more]
It is a common belief and misconception that a vegan diet would create a weaker and less stable economy. This is because the economics of the food industry have changed dramatically in the last several years.
Hi Cheryl. Iam glad you are addressing this problem. Companies having an Oligopoly over food is a real world problem, it is truly taking out competition within society. In the US this a prevalent problem, companies use there cheap prices to battle out more local or “customer friendly” stores. Its hard to see this problem dissolving in the future because our current president is in favor of companies that have cheap prices and control a large amount of the market. Iam glad you choose this topic, keep up the great work!
This is a really interesting topic, and I’d never thought of diet with regards to the economy. How do you think this change would affect small farmers who rely on agriculture and farming of this sort for survival and income? Also, how would the government regulate the country’s diet? There is already a lot of heat going on throughout the country about actions of the government that are attempting to make their mark in what people are saying is their “private life”. How do you think the federal/state governments should combat this, while still allowing people their freedoms to their bodies and health choices? I love the topic!
Cheryl, this is a really interesting post. I like how you focused on the economic benefits, by saying, “in many ways small, locally owned farms have somewhat of a multiplier effect: for every dollar the farm spends, a percentage stays in the local economy.” I know fruit farms are currently being hit hard with all the subsidies going to other types of farms (I believe grain) and I believe we need a large diversity in our crop supply. Like Annie, I wonder would this be enforced or just promoted until more and more people become vegan? This is a really interesting and relevant topic.
Sofia, your article is very interesting. It’s very important we identify what role the human race plays in disasters across the world. Our climate is changing faster than it ever has before and global warming is affecting us more than we know. I believe it’s time to make a change. We need to start recognizing the things we can do to help our world…[Read more]
Jazmin, I love your nickname and thank you for sharing it on here! I also love your real name. It’s very pretty. The history behind your name is really interesting. My grandma and many other family members have given me many nicknames and it’s always fun to be called something special. My close friends will call me by some of those nicknames too.…[Read more]
Anais, what an inspirational story you shared! I’m so sorry this happened to you in your life. I can’t believe bullies drove you to almost take your life. I know I don’t know you but that absolutely breaks my heart and I’m glad you weren’t successful. You have so much life to live. I have lost a few friends to suicide this past four years. I live…[Read more]
Cicely, I really love your research topic. I am really interested in all this information and I think it’s so important to understand and recognize with such a growing suicide rate. All the information you found is astonishing. It’s interesting that weather and seasonal changes has an affect on people with depression. I wish people would take…[Read more]
Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to diminish all forms of abuse and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, and any other purpose. It promotes the use of animal-free alternatives for the
Noor, your post is very insightful and passionate. I’m so happy you feel strongly about this issue and wrote this post. It’s so important in American, especially now that we ensure safety for everyone. It’s said that people feel unsafe just because of the color of their skin. It’s completely unfair that african american people feel afraid of…[Read more]
Tyler, I love your research on this topic! Your video is very informative and emotional. It’s so sad what is going on in your city. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and gun violence isn’t an issue here. I believe it’s important you guys are researching and trying to make a difference in your community. I agree with the assumption that reducing gun…[Read more]
Khala, I absolutely love your poem! Your inspiration for writing it is so important in our society today. Everyone deserves justice in our world and it’s so sad that not everyone gets that opportunity. You’re poem is very well written and emotional. I love how you felt strongly about this topic and expressed your feelings in this way. I hope you…[Read more]
With our changing and growing society, more and more people are standing up for what they believe in, especially women. In America’s workforce we are reminded all too often of the discrimination of gender in
I really enjoyed reading your article and it reminded me of some news I recently read about Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. The two actor in November had to do a re-shoot for a movie they were doing and by the end of the nine day re-shoot Mark Wahlberg walked away with $1.5 million dollars after reshooting the same scenes while Michelle Williams walked away with only $750 dollars. Those numbers are just insane to me and I’m happy you are helping share your opinion as well as spreading awareness on this platform.
Hi Cheryl, I really enjoyed reading your post! I agree that we should not stop the fight until there is an equal amount of pay for both men and women. Another thing to note is how there still is discrimination in the workplace against women. Several times, even in my own SportsMed class, I’ve heard comments that I would never make it very far in the medical world because I’m a woman from my fellow male classmates. I learned from a young age that the world does not like ambitious assertive women, for they come off as too bossy or overbearing, but I will never stop the fight. Nevertheless, my experiences are little compared to discrimination in the workplace towards women of color and the LGBT community- did you know that, “27 percent of transgender people who held or applied for a job in the last year (2017) reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion due to their gender identity”? If you want to read more about that, click on the link for more workplace discrimination statistics: http://outandequal.org/2017-workplace-equality-fact-sheet/
My fight for justice is not finished and neither is it for the rest of the world. Again, thank you for posting; lovely article.
I am amazed at your post, “Should men and women be paid the same amount in the workforce,” because I did not know women were getting paid lower than men. I agree that women should fight for equal pay because they work as hard as the men do and work the same amount of hours. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Based on the changes in the pay gap from the 1970s to 2016, women won’t be paid the same until 2059”. I think this is sad because the pay gap wants to wait until 2059 and there’s single mothers out there that need money to provide for their kid but can barely do it because they’re not getting paid enough. Women would have to take more shifts just to make enough to be financially stable.
Another sentence that caught my attention was: “Women throughout the history have worked very hard to find a place in society.” This stood out for me because of the government did not try to change the low pay for women and the women have to work twice as hard and will still get paid less.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you chose good topics and wrote facts. Your post teched me something new and makes me want to learn more about women getting paid low.
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…[Read more]
Abby, I really enjoyed your article and I’m really happy you’re passionate about this issue. I really love learning new things about animal rights and I think shark finning is a big problem in our world today. I think it’s awful that people do this, just for money. In zoology last year, we watched multiple documentaries on the shark finning and it…[Read more]
In modern society, we are surrounded by information. Whether we are looking at twitter, texts, status updates, constant emails, or accessing infinite amounts of information on the internet, our brains are
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 monologue when I’m trying to memorize I actually make more mistakes than my earlier attempts at working on it.
I found this article about having information at our fingertips which might interest you if you want to research further into this topic and how it relates to decision making. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/glue/201212/why-too-much-data-disables-your-decision-making
Keep it up, this was a really cool topic to learn about.
Cheryl I found your piece very intriguing, and very relatable. The amount of activity an average teenager does on a device connected to the internet is astonishing. The fact that too much information actually inhibits learning is very interesting. I have come to notice this when I try to cram for an exam, or practicing for sports. I think we have lost our way of studying effectively. We either study way to much to the point of exhaustion, or get to bored with the material. I found an article on why students get bored and don’t perform well. https://www.livescience.com/23493-why-we-get-bored.html
Great work Cheryl, I can’t wait to see what your write next.
Cheryl, I thought this was very interesting. I agree that my attention span has gotten very short and I am often unwilling or unable to stay focused on one thing or ill be overloaded with to much that will keep me from getting anything useful done. Overall I think technology and all this info we have everywhere can be very useful if we use it right, but can also hinder us.
I saw this article about flooding your brains engine with too much if you would like to check it out
This is a very important issue that I myself have dealt with, when faced with many different problems or many different things happening at once I find myself just shutting down or just trying to focus on one thing at a time and struggling. The overload of information is definitely not better. it needs to be less.
I know that I am guilty of bombarding myself with too much information. With so much available its hard to pick out what is correct and even harder to find what is important. I think its interesting that our brains function better when handling less information. This post reminded me of some of the reasons people are so found of meditation and mindfulness practices. I really liked your crayon analogy and can totally think of instances that too many choices made taking action much harder. Thanks for your interesting post!
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.