Hi Sergio, I agree that the US is doing an awful job when it comes to immigration. There’s too much political conflict and an inhumane attitude towards immigrants. We need to focus on how to help immigrants, not how to contain them or close our borders. The US is made up of immigrants, and it’s important that we help immigrants become citizens…[Read more]
Hi Asnica, I really like your argument. I never thought I would miss going to school normally but I miss it now. Its good for your mental health to interact with others and have a sense of structure in what you have to do. I find it difficult to maintain motivation during this time, even more than I did when I was in school. One good thing about…[Read more]
Hi Matthew, Good post. Its really good to hear that young people are standing up against the most significant threatening issue of our time. Even with the activism, billionaire fossil fuel executives are still being given tax cuts and politicians are still not taking action to help in the crisis of climate change. There’s a movement thats…[Read more]
Hi Noa, It is really disturbing that police brutality is the leading cause of death for black men. It gives everyone else a different perspective on being afraid of the police, who are supposed to make everyone feel safe, rather than trusting them. I think that the solution to reducing police brutality is to tear down old, deep-set cultural…[Read more]
Hi Keily, Good post. I like how you mention that you are an immigrant and add your personal perspective that’s been affected because of this. I agree that immigrants shouldn’t be met with so much aggression when it comes to learning English. Instead, they should be helped with getting used to their new situation and be able to preserve their…[Read more]
Hi Aria, really good information. I really like what Greta Thunberg is doing and it’s really impactful that you spoke up about climate change in this post as a way of joining her. Right now, Thunberg is asking the media to give her less attention and other climate activists more attention because she gets all of the media…[Read more]
Nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea are becoming complicated and important. A nuclear attack would be a deadly consequence to any failed negotiations, and it is unclear what North
Good point. It makes sense that nothing gets done in the federal government because people are too polarized and therefore cannot work together to make decisions or fix things. I found a good article that describes a fundamental cause of political and social division creating a gridlock: https://time.com/5435825/divided-america-values-language-meaning/.
In the United States, church and state are supposed to be kept seperate. That means that policy makers’ religious convictions should not influence the decisions they make. According to a study done in the s
Hi Maggie, It’s a really striking phenomenon that our generation has such a high rate of mental illness and suicide. I found another article that compares our rates of loneliness with those of previous generations, and Gen Z has the highest rate of loneliness compared to past generations:…[Read more]
Columbus Day is a federal holiday. However, it reflects a highly misinformed and “whitewashed” view of American history that celebrates a man who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. While Chr
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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.
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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.