Read Salma's essay, "Teaching Students to Shine," about her experience as a Mexican American in an American English class, and how she gained the confidence to let her light shine.
Read Annabel's essay, "What We Learn Tells Us Who We Are," about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
Read Noah's essay, "To Learn is to Live," about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
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?