I completely agree that everybody has the right to take a knee. It is up to you to decide how to interpret the symbolism of the flag and the anthem. I think it is great that football players are using their high platform in society to show that we have a lot of problems in our country that we need to address.
I completely agree with everything you said. This was a very strong article backed up with a lot of evidence. I agree that money doesn’t define happiness. I understand that you can be unhappy if your basic needs are not met, but if those needs are being fulfilled, you have the ability to lead a happy life.
When travelling to other states, almost always, the first question people ask me after I tell them I’m from Utah is if I’m mormon. After I tell them that I am in fact not mormon, people usually look extremely sur
Sofia, I think that what you are saying in this article is very interesting. Living in Utah it has always seemed that our state is kind of held back by the religion that dominates the entire social atmosphere of the state. It is also nice to hear someone else mention the straying away from the LDS faith that can be seen in SLC and how we have came a long way to get out of this view that everyone in Utah is a member of the dominant religion.
Sofia, I think you are absolutely correct in that as a state we are shifting away from being a mostly Mormon, conservative people. I definitely agree that the most of the people I interact with tend to be liberal, even if they are Mormon. While it doesn’t seem likely that Utah will ever be a state that votes towards the liberal side, I think the views are definitely shifting. You should check out https://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/utah-very-republican-but-not-as-conservative-as-it-appears/, a blog post which offers some very interesting numbers about the shifting demographics of the state. I’d love to hear more on this topic and I’ll be back for more.
Sofia, I think your article is highlighting something very interesting that is rarely discussed in the local media. However, while Salt Lake City is becoming generally more liberal, is it changing Utah as a whole? I think while Salt Lake City is changing in demographics and newer generations are straying away from the traditional views of the LDS faith, the rural parts of Utah are some of the most conservative in the Western United States if not in the entire country. I also think that while we are seeing a slight decrease in the numbers of Mormon residents in Utah, there is an increase in surrounding states especially Nevada and Idaho. I think it could be really interesting to see if this increase in LDS members outside of Utah is changing the political viewpoints of other states. I think it could also be interesting to see why so many millennials are leaving the church as well. Here is an article that may help you elaborate more on this topic.
Sofia I thought your views in your post were very interesting. Living in Utah in my whole life I have definantly seen a shift from the strong mormon presence to more liberal views. I have gone to Catholic school my whole life so I have always been around liberal view. Recently I have seen a change people moving away from LDS faith in our highly populated areas like Salt Lake. I think it is because more people are moving here and it creates a more diverse area. I am very interested to see how Utah progresses in the next few years and how religion plays role.
Below I provided a link that talks about how religion affects government in Utah and other reason why the shift away from republicanism is happening.
Ceceli, your post is super interesting. I had no idea that being an only child could change the actual structure of somebody’s brain. It’s interesting to see somebody else’s point of view and hear about their family experience especially because I am not an only child. I also think it’s interesting that you grew up with your cousins, so that could…[Read more]
Montana, this is a really interesting and informative post. It’s very relatable to our world today. Almost everybody in our country owns a smartphone or technology of some sort, which makes this is a hot topic of discussion. There are millions of articles published about the impacts of technology and social media on the human brain and body.…[Read more]
Walter, I love your post because this is something that almost everybody will be exposed to as some point in their life. In today’s world where road transportation is extremely easy and almost everybody owns a car, it is hard to control our air quality. This is something that, I too, am passionate about. In Salt Lake City, we get something called…[Read more]
Breyner, you seem very passionate about kids living in poverty. This is a devastating problem, especially because it is our youth and they will be our future. It is also something that they have no control over because they are usually born into it. One thing that I challenge you to think about is how growing up in poverty will affect these kids…[Read more]
Tyler, I really like what you’ve said about the word, “explore.” Human beings have a natural instinct to explore the world and have an inherent curiosity for the place around them. If we never explored, we would never make progress. We could never advance. I also agree with what you said about if you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in…[Read more]
Obviously we have a lot of scary and devastating problems in our world today. Things like climate change, world hunger, discrimination, and terrorism are major problems and topics of discussion. These problems
I am intrigued by your post because the way you show how us as humans can only be the turning point to a better future. As humans we must make changes from consuming less energy to portioning our foods.
One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Our youth is full of people that could potentially be world leaders and revolutionize the way we think.” I think this is interesting, because me as being a teenager there is a lot of potential in our youth group. Not only do we want to have a bright future where gonna want to live in the future so i agree with you that to have a better future we must have a change in society.
I agree with you that now is the time for changing, I think the young people should start changing our world. We have to think about how we can solve our problems before they get more worse, and we can’t control it anymore. Everyone has to think for themself, do I want to change something or only sit at home and wait till it gets out of control.
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.