this is a super cool topic. Our names are this thing we take for granted all the time. They are literally a permanent tag by which we will be known forever and we don’t even choose them. There’s an interesting theory in the world that your name actually defines who you are as a person since it changes how people perceive you. Check out…[Read more]
This topic is very interesting. I had a few questions, though. How come, since ADHD is not curable, it is so much more common in kids than it is in adults? Is it because adults have a lower rate of diagnosis even if they have it? It’s strange. Additionally, when kids have ADD, is it the same chemical imbalance as ADHD or is it different? I…[Read more]
By far the most interesting comment on teaching is George Bernard Shaw’s notion that “he who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” In an almost revolting misjudgment of teaching, one effectively sums up the reaso
I should read this book! It sounds like Victor Rios has been through his fair share of hardships, for sure. I just came back from the Bay Area this weekend! It is interesting the contrast between the Berkeley area and the Oakland area. It almost felt like there was a level of segregation, where the more privileged white folk stood on one…[Read more]
This is a crazy and scary topic. You have a host of good evidence here, and it’s going to be a really good essay in the end. My question for you is, since this is an argumentative essay, when do you think the human race, and do you think it will be natural or human-caused? Another thing to consider is the group of scientists that calculate…[Read more]
I really liked this video, because I really hadn’t put much thought into Philadelphia as a gun-violence-ridden city. I suppose when I hear urban gun violence my first thought is always Detroit or Chicago. I think if you continue to work on this project, you should see what people outside of your city think. Obviously firsthand accounts are…[Read more]
I like your piece, because it demonstrates how impossible it is to have a dystopian society without people wishing to rebel. Winston is certainly one of them, but he obviously is not the only one. Do you think this kind of society, one in which everyone is secretly hoping for the government to fail, is possible? Since everyone has it in…[Read more]
You are absolutely right! There is an enormous up-front cost, but do keep in mind that this cost is being paid not by the government, whose infrastructure budget is far too low to ever make an alternative energy takeover a reality, but by the energy corporations themselves, whose wallet is plenty thick for making this happen. I personally…[Read more]
I liked this piece a lot, because it is well-developed and questions the moral implications of one of the most widely questioned legal things in the United States. In my English class we are currently reading Dead Man Walking, a non-fiction account of Sister Helen Prejean’s spiritual advisory to two death-row inmates, both of whom are…[Read more]
I find this piece interesting, particularly because of how easy you mention it is to change. As someone who has not had to battle with obesity, but from an outsider’s perspective, I’ve never seen it this way. I feel like the general perspective on obesity from someone who is obese is not that they feel comfortable that way, but that they do…[Read more]
On the topic of alternative energies, one of the most common arguments about why we ought to continue using natural gas, fossil fuels, and otherwise unclean energies is that we do not possess the resources or
I agree that we need to start the switch to clean energy very soon, there is no argument against clean energy because it is the perfect solution. im intrigued about the 30 year switch and I do want to look into that Ecowatch website and see what the transition would look like. I hope our world governments start the switch soon because it will be very bad if they wait till we have an energy crisis.
While I’m also very hopeful that renewable, clean energy becomes the norm sooner rather than later, realistically I also know that there are basic reasons why it’s growing at a relatively slow rate. The main expense of renewable energy is the up-front infrastructure investment. Wind turbines need to be manufactured, transported, and assembled. Efficient solar panels are much more expensive in the U.S. than other major solar energy producers such as Australia (but are becoming cheaper as technology improves). The electricity production industry is shifting from coal power natural gas, which is much cheaper per watt. While renewables are even cheaper, the up-front cost of creating a system to harness energy with them deters companies that seek to make a large amount of money in a short amount to time. The renewable energy takeover is coming eventually, it just unfortunately won’t happen until our technology improves enough to the point where massive corporations can spend billions to create ways to produce it and pay off those billions quick enough so that they’re better off than investing in natural gas.
You are absolutely right! There is an enormous up-front cost, but do keep in mind that this cost is being paid not by the government, whose infrastructure budget is far too low to ever make an alternative energy takeover a reality, but by the energy corporations themselves, whose wallet is plenty thick for making this happen. I personally think a big reason they aren’t dishing out the cash is because it is very profitable to continue producing energy with foreign and domestic oil, and not quite as profitable to build solar and wind plants. What do you think?
This is a really great post. I agree that this is the time to take action and start using clean energy. I don’t know too much about renewable energy, but we cant go on the way we are and so we need a solution. The information in this post sold me even more by showing just how much better and more efficient it would be. Many places are beginning to make the change and I truly hope we make the switch soon.
This piece is fantastic for highlighting this problem. I really appreciate that you are trying to raise the issue into the light a little bit, because I completely agree that it is totally overlooked. It is particularly striking when you say “they handed me a prescription for Percocet like it was no big deal, not to mention the large…[Read more]
The United States’ political climate in 2017 has been volatile. The public distrust of media and “Fake News”, alongside the fractures in character of powerful men around the country in the “#metoo” movement, have
Very interesting topic, Hunter. I am appreciative of your ability to recognize the ongoing issue of complacency within our country today. In addition, I am also saddened by the fact that people feel their vote will not make a difference, when as you mentioned, “if everyone voted, California could cast fifty-five votes to the Republicans and Texas could cast thirty-eight to the Democrats in the electoral college.” This is a very pressing issue in our world today and I believe it is necessary for people to be more involved in politics and the decisions being made that will affect the livelihood of the American citizens. If you would like to read more on this topic, you should take a look at this source:https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/voter-turnout-united-states. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic in the future.
Firstly, thanks for sharing! This can be super difficult, especially when you’re vulnerable, like on the internet. Nonetheless, your courage to demonstrate yourself to the world is awesome, and I want to congratulate you for that. It’s so unfortunate that many people don’t have an easy-going experience when they come out, and it has…[Read more]
Hi Sara –
This is a very well written piece, and it highlights very well the problem with our legislative body, particularly in its inability to to just that: legislate. We are at such a roadblock because of the polarization of politics, that people will literally vote on someone purely because they don’t want to vote for another person. This…[Read more]
Murmurs of Kim Jong Un’s proximity to the big red button have been common lately. The big red button, of course, being the theoretical button that launches weapons capable of destroying the planet. Perhaps, then,
Sevin, great opinion piece!
I wholeheartedly agree with you when you say “What people say about you shouldn’t matter.” This has been a key element to my peace of mind living in the United States. I feel comfort in my ability to protest freely. I had a controversial opinion from the NFL’s controversy on which I would love to hear your opinion. I f…[Read more]
It’s funny; if you go to Google and search “best time to be alive”, what will appear is probably exactly what you’d expect. Of course, there are many reasons why we might want to be living in the 20s, or the 70s
I am envious of how good of a writer you are. Aside from that, I really like your message. I believe it’s human nature to want we don’t have, but in cases such as these, it’s important that we have a healthy perspective. The reality is that the roaring 20s, the milkshake 60s, and the funky 80s are all glorified in the movies we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to. It’s not frequently emphasized the injustice that plagued these retro periods, painting a picture of only the things we want to remember. We are extremely fortunate to be living in such a modern age where we have progressed further and further away from the inequality tainting past decades, and to whoever truly wishes they lived in the earlier twentieth century, perhaps they should spend less time daydreaming and more time cracking open a history book.
I also agree with Emma you are a phenomenal writer! I liked how you said, “Relativity has it, however, that any person born at this moment is more likely to have an opportunity to have a good life than ever before.” I can agree that we back in time when people were segregated by color, race, and gender it was very bad a horrific, today this segregation isn’t as much a problem today as it was when comparing these two times to then and now. I also would add that this quote lead to me to the idea that we are at a time of transcendence on how an individual person define a man and woman. What I mean is today we have gender fluid people which is “a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.”- a way to classify a person like this didn’t exist 50 years ago, and I’m very happy that we have come to believe that life can flow differently than at a biological level. I found this video also by BuzzFeed to be very helpful and eye opening to how we should look at people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Zem9ILPbc .
Your post brings up some good points, you all too often hear teenagers unironically saying they were “born” in the wrong generation … through their smartphones that they can’t function without. It’s all too easy to take how advanced society has become for granted. The fact that most people can just acknowledge that everyone wants to be happy and allows others to live peacefully is a simple yet important thing. Hopefully the world continues to improve and the future continues to be progressively a better and better time to live in, the planet is going to start to really feel overpopulation, climate change, and related issues over the next few decades.
Allison, your post is great! You definitely highlight well the American dream. Do you think the American Dream really is available for everyone, though? Your title certainly suggests it’s something you would like, but particularly as a result of your last paragraph, it seems like you might agree with me that not everyone has the same access to the…[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.