Tyahmiya, thank you for sharing. You are a beautiful writer, and I think you described love in a unique way. Love means different things for different people, so it was interesting to read your perspective on it. I look forward to reading more of your writing.
Miles, thank you for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about gender dysphoria because it’s something I really don’t know much about. I also enjoyed reading the article you shared. It opened my eyes to how many people are affected by gender dysphoria. I look forward to reading your final essay!
While researching trust and why it occurs, I revisited the idea of a Rational Actor Theory. This is the first psychological idea I came across concerning trust and why it occurs. I initially disregarded it, but
Jovana, thank you for sharing about yourself and the interesting life you’ve lived so far. I find your passion for music interesting, and I hope that you continue to strengthen your love for it. I also love music, and have played piano since I was six years old. Music is a beautiful way to express yourself and share your story with others! Good…[Read more]
Johnny, thank you for sharing! It’s really interesting to read about behavioral addictions because substance addictions are more commonly focused on. I found it fascinating to read about different types of behavioral addictions and how they are manifested. I would love to learn more about behavioral addictions and how they are started and can be treated.
Why do we trust the institutions that make up our society’s foundation? Government leaders, medical professionals, educators, and other leaders that we look to for guidance could be lying to us for all we know.
Sophie, this is a compelling review of Josh Powell’s psychopathic tendencies. I find it especially interesting that you mentioned his nature as a child. Criminals often display certain signs during their formative years, such as threatening behavior, cruelty to animals, and bed-wetting. I also find it fascinating to hear about the questionable…[Read more]
Why do we trust those in positions of power? To dissect this question, I researched individuals who have violated their power. Specifically, I looked into how doing so impacted the people who trusted them. Dr.
I found your post absolutely fascinating. I loved your use of detail and statistics to convey the real damage that Dr. Duntsch did during his years as a surgeon. For example, the statistic that he killed or paralyzed 31/38 of his patients really showed how evil he was and makes it all the more surprising that so few people actually tried to stop him. I think that your rhetorical questions at the bottom allowed me to analyze why I trust some people in power positions. I am interested to know what the psychology is behind us trusting powerful people and would love to read a piece about that from you. This article might help you start: http://theconversation.com/who-you-gonna-trust-how-power-affects-our-faith-in-others-48570
Great work, Emma! I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Thank you for sharing, Conner! This is an extremely interesting topic, and I think you did a great job of evaluating the different facets of American history. It’s important that as citizens, we consider both positive and negative aspects of our nation. Doing so will help us grow and make progress in the long run. Great work!
I love how you discussed factors beyond an applicant’s control, and how they are often deciding factors in that person’s admission. I have personally felt this through the college application process, and felt that certain things out of my control worked against me. It’s frustrating and unfair, and I believe that colleges should reevaluate their…[Read more]
It is common that we trust those in power. We don’t think twice before putting important aspects of our lives into the hands of doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, and more. Why do we trust so easily? What
Juan, this was a really powerful essay. I had no idea how bad the rent crisis was in Oakland, and I find it interesting as well as heartbreaking. I loved how much evidence you used. It helped bring this crisis to life, especially for a reader who is unfamiliar with it. I found this article on the housing crisis in Oakland:…[Read more]
Evelyn, your argument was well stated. You gave strong evidence to back up your claim about why schools should be able to limit students’ speech online. I enjoyed your counterargument, because it shows that you’ve considered both sides and made a rational choice based on evidence. My favorite part was when you said, “Cyberbullying is a reality,…[Read more]
It’s the twenty-first century, and eyes exist all around us. It’s as if the new millennium marked the end of privacy and the start of a watchful period. Cameras lurk around every corner, and behind the screens we
Ramon, thank you for sharing a little about your life. I admire the honesty behind your writing, and it helped me learn a lot about you in a short amount of time. It is wonderful to hear about your family and the opportunities you have found together in the United States. You have shown me the importance of gratitude and have inspired me to be…[Read more]
Nicolette, thank you for courageously sharing your story. Hearing about self-confidence from such a personal perspective helped me see it in a new light. It’s obvious that self-esteem starts building at a young age, something that is evident in your story. So many people struggle with their self-image. I think sharing your story with even more…[Read more]
Jada, this was an interesting topic to discuss. Your writing was engaging and presented a lot of good points for readers to consider. I liked how you said, “…why would you blame the teacher for your shortcomings when you choose not to pay attention.” This is an interesting way to look at the argument, especially because many believe that the…[Read more]
Your writing was engaging and full of information. Thank you for sharing your opinions on the topic of teenage drinking. I liked when you said, “It makes a comparison of becoming 21 and being able to drink to turning 16 and being able to drive.” This is a great way to consider age-related behaviors and how people can be safe under the law. With…[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.
Youth Voices is a platform for youth to write about their interests, both in school and outside of school: what they are reading, what their hobbies or future careers might be, what they enjoy in their spare time. Like all of us, students follow our national leadership and form opinions. They are also welcome to write about those topics as well.
Youth Voices is fully non-partisan and welcomes youth of all types, from all regions, and with all viewpoints. Educators support youth in writing and thoughtfully responding to each other through the use of commenting guides, using tags to show common interests, playlists to support self-guided inquiry; opinions expressed by writers are their own.
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.