You make some great points and I can vouch for some of the issues you brought up. Schools do need better funding because many public schools are unable to fulfill the needs of many students from below average to advanced students. Many schools are unable to help students that are falling behind whether it be due to funding or bad teachers. Students need teachers to be there for them for encouragement while learning which would boost students moral. Teachers also have to be aware that they are creating the future of America and if the slack off they are only running the future of this country into the ground. Teachers are crucial when it comes to the way society works and human generations replace each other, the next hopefully being better than the last. The role funding plays is also large because without funding schools are forced to constantly be raising money just to keep their doors open and provide their students with the bare minimum. With larger funding schools are able to open programs that develop talents that their students have and programs that allow students to learn more about their potential career choice. Schools have a major impact on the youth of America and with changes to, primarily, funding schools will be able to prepare their students for modern-day challenges that they may face.
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.