One of the greatest impacts we as a human race can have on this world is sharing our voices. Every one of us has something unique to say that could alter lives forever, therefore, making sure everyone gets an
Your work was very well written. It is very important to recognize the different perspectives throughout our nation because it is what makes us so unique. Because you described other teenagers perspectives, whether fictional or in a recent article, I was able to see through their eyes and understand a bit about their different lives.…[Read more]
The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz is a perfect example of how American values are different for each individual. The protagonist, a young girl named Joan, loves learning and believes it is more beneficial than
I agree with you when you said, “people strive for independence, freedom, or even equality”. Independence, freedom, and equality is what the United States is supposed to represent. I also found that by incorporating well known documents/speeches really did an impact. Because everyone knows these documents they are able to connect to your piece a lot more, and understand more. Do you think that the US represents independence, freedom, and equality?
Thank you for you thoughtful piece, it was written very well. Looking forward to your next.
I really enjoyed your post. I especially liked the point that you made about the importance of freedom for all. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. In my opinion, everyone should have the opportunity to be able to find yourself, even if it’s not what everyone expects. They shouldn’t be afraid to express who they are. I believe that everyone should be treated with the same respect as everyone else. You did a really good job of expressing this in your post, and I look forward to reading your future work.
This post was very well written. I really enjoyed how you took three passages from important documents and explained how they related to your issue. I agree that “freedom, equality, and individualism” are important when creating a unique society, but I also believe that because people are all different they may value newer ideas such as…[Read more]
There are many influential beliefs in America, thoughts and values that help shape our individual cultures. These are a combination of values new and old. Every person maintains a different perspective that
Thank you so much for your post! I find it very interesting how the American Dream has changed throughout the years. I like how you used different documents from different times to show this. It’s interesting how so many people have their own version of the American Dream, yet they still try and define it as one topic. Despite its many definitions, everyone still seems to classify it under the category of the American Dream. Some people may say that it’s about Freedom and Equality, others may say it’s about wealth and status, and others might have a mix of both. I feel like depending on where you come from, different people have different American Dreams. It seems that the American Dream is about as diverse as the American People themselves. Thank you so much for your post and I look forward to your future posts!
Rebecca, thank you for posting! I really like how you talked about how the American Dream means something different for everyone. I think the American Dream is usually talked about as one big idea, but really it’s a bunch of ideas working toward a common goal. I was able to see how it’s different in your post, especially when you talk about Langston Hughes and his experience. This difference can also be seen in the video you reference and I think these different perspectives have made me wonder what my American Dream is. How about you, what is your American Dream?
I am very intrigued by the mentioning of your profession, I think it is important for people to discuss social issues, what is happening in our community, as well as who we each are as an individual. Something you mentioned was that you were not heavily focused on social issues when you were a child. I find this very interesting…[Read more]
My name is Rebecca and I am a junior at Okemos High School. I really appreciate your honesty about growing up as teenager in America. I agree that this is already a tough time in our lives and having pressures from the government pushed on us can be too much. What really stood out to me in your piece was “If I spoke aloud, I’m dis…[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.