Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?
We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?
Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Read Leah's essay, "Fearless Future," about replacing worry with bravery that tells her that she can do it, whatever “it” may be.
Read Rechanne's essay in poetic form, "Doctor's Orders," about the impact that worry has on her and her family.
Read Noah's essay, "Blessing in Disguise," about how his dad's perseverance reminds him to be grateful and smile through any hardship and obstacle.