I remember when I was a little girl, I would sit on my couch and watch High School Musical. I would watch all the characters grow and see amazing people that they would be at the end of their senior year. They
Thank you for sharing your opinion of what America means to you. This was very well written and I liked that you stated both perspectives on how America is both amazing and horrible. I agree with you when you talk about America representing diversity. There are so many cultures, races, new beginnings and legacies to be found in this…[Read more]
This is an awesome post! I actually have not looked into this topic before now and you have very well explained how animal testing and research using animals is very prevalent and is an ethical issue. I have never heard of ZEBET before and will definitely be looking into their program and what they are doing to limit testing on animals. I…[Read more]
In my search to find more research on plant based diets and how they can save the environment, I was lucky enough to have the privilege of interviewing Dr. Matthew Burnett, a Naturopathic Physician at Utah
In my last youth voice post, I discussed a new plan that New York city schools were implementing into their school systems… Meatless Mondays! As I have continued my research on the topic of plant based diets, I h
Hannah, this was a great post. I loved the amount of evidence you used and how methodically you used it to explain your issue. It really helped put things into perspective about the number of people turning to plant-based diets as well as why it is a good idea. It helped to push the issue that climate change isn’t just about fossil fuels, but simply the food we eat. Thank you!
Hi Branden! This is an awesome post and something that we often don’t think of in our day to day lives. The lives of animals, especially endangered species are so important to education, history, and the preservation of our environment. I just finished an Oceanography class at my high school and we actually talked a lot about the illegal shark…[Read more]
Hey Angelina! I think that this is a great piece that identifies a problem in your local community that affects a wide variety of people and things. Littering is a huge problem all across America and you gave a great visual to what is happening in Oakland. I think that adding a tax or a fine for littering on the whole city would help reduce the…[Read more]
In the CNN article New York public schools to have ‘Meatless Mondays’ starting this fall, written by Doug Criss, he discusses the new policy that was implemented to schools in NYC. This policy is similar to
This is such an awesome article. I really enjoyed reading your piece and agree with the points that you made. I personally am a vegetarian and one of my main reason for doing so is to decrease my role in global warming and climate change. Many people believe that in order to actually make a difference in changing the environment is to go…[Read more]
Hey Ivan! Wow what an amazing and informative article. I actually had never heard of the term gentrification in my life before reading your piece. You did a really excellent job at citing your sources in the text so it was easy to refer to what interview you were talking about in your bibliography. Getting to hear the real stories from people…[Read more]
Obesity has become one of the most popular modern day health threats across the United States. Obesity kills millions of Americans every year as well as creates a problem for the health care system, costing 190
This is an excellent and well written post. Mental health has become apart of many peoples lives and is something that needs to be addressed. I found it shocking when you talked about those who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression have increased in numbers from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in recent years, and I’m sure the number will…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post; I especially liked how you tied Chinese culture into American values. I agree that we as humans should become more educated on different cultures and the rights of their people. It was really eye opening to hear you talking about how women in china live their lives, “she can never hope to be anything…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post about sleep deprivation. I find this information to be very important and very relevant to teens today. I myself struggle with putting the phone away at night and taking naps during the day. I think to improve your writing it might be helpful to cite where you got your information from so that readers may…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading this piece that you wrote. I was attracted to your article because it was a topic that is so ordinary and relevant, yet so unique compared to anything that I have read before. I agree with what you have to say about make up and self expression in the school setting. I found it sad that the school in Texas gave the…[Read more]
Hi Dakota! I really enjoyed reading your article about why uniforms should not be required. It was really interesting to read how you looked at both sides of the argument and still disagreed with students having to wear a uniform. I personally really enjoy wearing a uniform because it is easier for me. Maybe you could look into how preferences in…[Read more]
Political Parties play an essential role in the way our government is run. A political party is an organized group of people that share the same ideals, and or the same political positions, that field in
I really enjoyed reading this article about euthanasia. It is a topic not often discussed because of the stigma around assisted suicide. I agree that there should be further safeguards implemented for patients requesting this treatment, and I also agree that patients who are suffering from terminal illness should be allowed this option…[Read more]
This is a great article that bring about a lot of questions that appear in todays society. I liked that you started talking about the opioid epidemic, bringing in facts and information to help back up your claims. I liked how you wrote more as an educator rather than taking a side on the issue. I also believe that medical marijuana should be an…[Read more]
It’s that time of the year. Senior high school students are finalizing their journey at their current institution and are preparing to move on to the next stage of their life, college. High school seniors, me
I liked learning more about the topic of standardized testing more just because I’m currently applying to college. I actually ranted about the cost of applying to college on social media the other day because I was so fed up. “Students that don’t have the financial ability to take the test 5 and 6 times are left with little to no wiggle room for improvement,” It is definitely important to realize these factors of socioeconomics. Maybe add some more facts as this piece progress to support your argument better. Specificity is also important when providing this supporting evidence. It’s a great job and essay 🙂
We’ve also been discussing this topic in my AP Calc BC class. Many of my friends who take 4 or more AP exams a year lament the exorbitant cost of the tests, with their only merits being a higher possibility to get into a good college or obtain credit. Personally, I try to take AP classes based on the subjects I’m interested in, not just to improve my application. I think that recent developments such as the superscoring of SAT scores, looking at test attempts by section rather than the whole package, show that colleges’ attitudes are changing to be more beneficial to the student rather than the corporation.
Hannah, this is such an important topic in our day and age. As you said before, as seniors, we’re starting to see all the true costs and sacrifices that we have to make. “Unless you are a super genius or wealthy, the standardized testing system is stacked against you,” made me realize that the system truly only favors the academically genius and the wealthy. Although those who qualify for fee waivers are given opportunities to take the test, it’s still difficult in the process of preparing for the actual test. Tutors cost around $50 an hour and when preparing for such an extensive and important test, it is necessary to partake in multiple, hour-long courses a week. For many though, this may add up to be as much as how much half of rent for the month is or the groceries for the week. This article might give you more information on the topic: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar99/vol56/num06/Why-Standardized-Tests-Don%27t-Measure-Educational-Quality.aspx . As a society, I think we have to think of a way to measure a students academic growth without the extra loads of stress and financial sacrifices made to continue our education in order to better the world around us by exponential factors.
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.