The United States is a place of many different people, from that variety, you get a variety of cultures. But in a country where there are some many cultures, what is American culture? Maybe American culture is
Hi Li, I really liked your essay. It gave me a new perspective on photography and how we view things. The idea that someone who is blind can give people a view of their world is really cool. How you talk about the idea of beauty and how maybe we don’t always see it is something I totally agree with, the world around us is beautiful, nature is beautiful.
I agree with you that family is an important part of American values. Your statement of “. They make us believe we can be who we want to be and the freedom America offers enables us to pursue those dreams. ” is something that stood out to me, I think you’re right. One thing I would say is that a family is any group of people who love and care for…[Read more]
This is interesting Megan. I like how you talked about different topics and talked about consumerism. The things we buy are a big part of our lives and the Nike/Kaepernick ad is proof of that. I agree with you that i America we should be able to be who we are and stand for what we believe in. The Oprah quote was a good one.
America is variety, there are so many different opinions and ideas about values, cultures, creeds, and in general, what it means to be an American. These values keep transforming as we become an even more
Hi Audra! I love this post about what it means to be American to you. One line that especially hit me was, “If we could just unify the country by continuing to listen to opinions and have those difficult conversations while still being respectful of each other, then I believe we would have a more improved country for everyone.” I think what this comes down to is tolerance, which should be one of the most important values to every American. You listed a bunch of the issues our country faces, and without tolerance of differing opinions, nothing will get done. I read this article from the L.A. Times that I linked below about the issues of tolerance in America. I’d be curious to see what you have to say. Great work! http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dunkelman-tolerance-u-s–segregation-by-choi-20140906-story.html
I agree with you on the fact that we need to take better care of our Earth. Reducing/eliminating the use of plastic water bottles and straws is a great idea and hopefully the idea spreads to other cities beyond San Francisco. The only thing I think about being are the people who are going to oppose this change, how can we get them to see that this…[Read more]
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.