Panhandling: to stop people on the street and ask for food or money. Begging. We see this everywhere, from my home city of Salt Lake to rural Midwestern towns. People stand next to freeway exits with cardboard
Your post brings up a lot of good points. I related to it as well. I too felt as though my life, my community were being placed into the wrong hands on election day. This us and them mentality will be the end of the country. It’s polarizing and toxic. That’s why I ask you, How do we change this? What can we do to influence our leaders to reassess…[Read more]
I really connect to your topic. I too have been wondering if there is a link between climate change and these nonstop horrid natural disasters that seem to be plaguing the earth as of late. It’s appalling how many people don’t believe that climate change is real! We can’t change anything until there is a concerted effort around the world.…[Read more]
Humans experience an array of emotions, ranging from elated to depressed, apathetic to anxious, excited to afraid. There is no linear spectrum as emotions are spread out and can get easily muddled. Emotions drive
Hi Zoe! I really love your article. I think it’s really important for people to identify hate and what drives people to hurt or be mean to other people because our world is so overcome by violence and hate these days. We need more love and knowing that it’s important to have positive relationships and that these are what makes us human is necessary in the creation of a better humanity. I think it’s interesting that at the root of hate comes low self esteem and that’s why people chose to hate. I like how you also address the idea of our world being hyper competitive and that people through their low self esteem will do anything to rise from the top. I found this link on anger and hate inside the brain (http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/hate1.htm) I thought it was interesting because it shows where our deepest hate develops and maybe how we can learn to relate more positive things to that. I hope you write again soon!!!
Hey Zoe! I found your post really enlightening. We are emotional beings who are naturally selfish and egocentric, we want attention, some of us strive for it. Even though some of us deny it we are alike in this way, we want to be known and rise to the top. I like how you stated that as humans we “thrive on positive relationships and cooperation,” I completely agree with your statement. We want to be surrounded by friends, we want to make people laugh, we want to be liked, to be “popular.” Lastly you asked how we can cut out cruelty and create a community of compassion, as much as we dream for this to become reality, is it a possibility? How can we rid our community of something so deeply immersed in it?
Hi Javier! This looks like a really good topic and is truly pressing in today’s society. I think you have a really good base but could go more in depth. What makes the fast food bad and unhealthy? What are the effects of this food on people physically and socially? What makes certain foods healthy? How do we change this (make healthier foods more…[Read more]
I find your topic really interesting, especially since it’s been coming up in the news so much. I definitely see a lot of potential within this topic. What are the long term effects? Is there a difference in affect between those who grew up with this technology like millennials and those who didn’t (baby boomers)? I didn’t know that…[Read more]
Hi Amran! I find your topic of the affects of big business on small business quite interesting, as America is truly reliant on small and local businesses. One big question I have is if big business negatively or positively affects small businesses and how? Is one better for the economy than the other (global and local)? How does one start to build…[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.