Li, this is a great article! I was unaware of the concept of blind photographers before I read this so I’m glad that I was introduced to it! I thought the line, “but, when we see things according to stereotypes, we also lose our ability to see” was very powerful. I can relate because stereotypes are constantly shown to us everyday. I found some…[Read more]
Maggie, this is a great essay! Your writing is very compelling and I really enjoyed reading this. I can relate to this because I am also very upset about how Americans are desensitized to sexual assault and I wrote about the upsetting confirmation of Mr. Kavanaugh in my Sociobiography. I thought it was very interesting that the female Democratic…[Read more]
Student loans and college debt can be a difficult topic to discuss, especially as many of us are nearing college. We are always shown statistics that seemingly only get worse and it seems as if additional
Tori, I really liked this piece! I liked your point that everyone has anxiety in some shape or form and can relate this to my anxious moments. I thought that your depictions of anxiety in sentences such as, “I will examine every person in a store and watch every move around me thinking what if this happens what if that happens” were really gre…[Read more]
Halley, this is a great point! I really liked how you added other solutions to the issue of capital punishment at the end. This reminded me a lot of the debates my theology class had last year about the morality of capital punishment. Although we only answered if it was or was not ethical, it surely would have been interesting to discuss other…[Read more]
These are all great points and they are all very compelling! I loved how you commented on the decline in acceptance rates at top colleges because that is very applicable and often understated. The Cheney High School teacher has an interesting approach and I’m glad you included that in your response. I was able to relate to quite a lot of this!…[Read more]
Books have been banned for various reasons. For instance, some have been banned for sexual content, uses of slurs, or anything that is “age inappropriate.” In addition to this, books can also be challenged and
I really like what you’re trying to say here, Katherine. Books have always been a big part of the human experience and by banning certain topics, awareness about the world is being taken away from children. This reminds me of how Nazis attempted to burn all the books relating to subjects that they did not agree with. People have the right to read what they want. You said, “Banning books also interferes with The First Amendment. In addition to protecting one’s freedom of speech, The First Amendment also protects freedom of religion, which books are often banned for.” I’m really interested to see what else you have to say on this subject. Well done!
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.