Emmanuela, I enjoyed reading your take on the legalization of prostitution. You have what can be an excellent argument. However, I think you need to do a little more research, cite your sources, and better use your evidence. For example, this is a great fact that supports your argument, “studies show that over 99 percent of females who are in the…[Read more]
The rules of society are limiting, too polite, too forgiving of failure — giving up, losing. I’ve found in order to fly, to truly succeed, you must employ an iron edge. The iron edge is not physical, it cannot b
Tyler, I enjoyed watching your video, I had not heard much about gun violence in Philadelphia and it opened my eyes to the problem. Your video and it’s cast was raw and real, and that’s awesome! However, some tips for when you make another video in the future. When you display facts on the screen, make those front and center. If you need to, pla…[Read more]
Love. Hate. Money. Beautiful women. Murder? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a archetypal story following Jay Gatsby’s quest for success in life. James Gatz was born a poor farmer with nothing to his n
Nick I enjoyed piece. I agree with you that with hard work anyone can be successful in today’s America. The question you ask the end of article “What do you think we as Americans can do to educate our youth to motivate them and give them the determination that Rameck, George, and Sam had growing up?” Is a great question, I don’t think that there…[Read more]
Kyle, I think your opinion that the “American creed is about putting aside our differences to help each other and work together as a community” is interesting. I had never thought about that aspect of the American Creed before. Do you think the advent of technology and how everyone is connected with the rest of the world might be a cause of the…[Read more]
AJ, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I agree you with you that unity is an extremely important core American value. One thing I wonder is even though there has been lots of news recently how America is more divided than ever, is this a side effect of the hyper connected twenty first century that lets everyone’s opinions be heard, or do you think…[Read more]
Throughout the history of America, there have been a countless number of incredible Americans. Through American beliefs, ideals, and governing these people have changed the world for the better. Things like the
I really liked your writing, some people that I knew gave up on achieving something like becoming first chair in band or orchestra because they didn’t make it the first time. Then they practice less and less until they eventually just quit, and they could have easily gotten it if they worked harder. It is by no means easy though, It doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people so they have to work hard on learning to work hard (which is kind of a paradox.) Sometimes I think people have an attitude of always deserving better than what they have, but you do need to do something to get what you want. Not just sit there and hope it happens. Like you said, the people who don’t give are much more likely to grow up to become great Americans like the ones that you named.
I think you bring up a great point about football players protesting. I agree with you that it is extremely disrespectful for players to take a knee during the national anthem. However, I also think that football players feel taking a knee during the national anthem is the only way their argument can be heard. I don’t think their is…[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.