Abraham, thank you for sharing your story. Your determination in soccer is really inspiring to read, and I hope you continue to be passionate throughout the rest of your life. The way you write about the role of family in your life is beautiful, and the examples you gave of times they were there for you were so powerful. From just this short…[Read more]
Britney, the way you talk about respect is so eloquent and relatable. This is a topic I think everyone can relate to, especially other high school students. It is very strong of you to be able to speak from experience and talk about your own struggles with friendships and the show of respect. This essay speaks to the experience of so many people,…[Read more]
It was interesting to reread these articles and see things I had not seen upon first reading them. Though I already had an awareness and basic understanding of gerrymandering, these articles gave me insight to the
I like how you talked about the cultural diversity in your neighborhood, and how there are both differences and similarities in that. I appreciate how you are open about the experience of your immigration to the U.S., and discussed how your life changed when you moved to New York. You have big dreams for the future and have the drive to achieve them.
The idea of playing god is often present in the medical and scientific world. I like how you mentioned the the experiments done on dead bodies to try and revive them. Here is an article I read recently about science and the role of God. Though it does not deal with the idea of death, it has the same theme.…[Read more]
I agree that the American dream is often interpreted as that idea of “rags to riches.” Using the current wave of rap artists as an example is a great way to show how that idea is being represented in mainstream culture. I really enjoyed your description of the appeal that still remains in the U.S. Freedom is the broad idea, and it conflicts with a…[Read more]
The shadow box itself is so beautiful and unique. I appreciate how you included stereotypes in your box, such as the expectation for girls to be traditionally pretty, but also symbols and objects that are true to who you are. The metaphor of the butterfly coming out of its chrysalis was something I really related to while reading this. Your…[Read more]
I like how you called on “we as a nation” to end stigma surrounding addiction. No one talks about the risks of attending rehab, but it is true that we should have laws protecting those who reach out for help. I also appreciate how you gave an overview of some of the causes of opioid addiction, as well as sources from which be obtain these drugs.
The description of “enforcing the idea that the workers “were unable to control themselves” because they saw another human body” perfectly exemplifies the cause for dress codes in our schools. Pointing out how the clothing market makes it difficult for young women to abide by dress codes is something I had never considered.
There a several factors supporting and opposing the taxation of churches. They provide services to the poor in their communities and, arguably, influence their societies in a way that discourages crime. In
Thank you for presenting both sides of this issue, Skye. It is important for us citizens to remain informed about both sides of these issues so we can come to our own conclusions. With the issue of the tax-exempt status of churches in particular, whether we remain inactive or change the policy can have huge ramifications, as I’m sure you are aware.
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.