Where is the Love? Learning and Love in America .

written by Andrew Mansfield

I’m a kid and I want to know why Kansas won’t pay teachers and why some people think it’s not okay to be homosexual.

I don’t understand. Why is it hard for people to accept love? Why do some parents not support love? What is wrong with love?

I asked my mom. She said that love is love. I agree. I also don’t think it is anyone’s business.

“We are not carbon copies” is what my mom says. She says a lot of things for hours. Literally, hours. What I think she means is that none of us are the same. She is right.

I am about to turn eleven. I think Zendya and Selena Gomez are beautiful. I can tell you I am sure I am not homosexual, but if my friends are it won’t matter. I don’t think young people should be having sex or focused on dating. I do know that my body is changing . Sometimes I’m angry for no reason. I say things that hurt people or I over react. I think about love and one day being a grown up. I want girls to like me but I want everyone to like me.

I noticed that there is a big deal about dating on shows I watch with teens in them. Not only are they doing drugs and experimenting with adult relationships, they also seem to have six packs and look like superheroes. Teen Wolf, are you really helping boys or girls out with an unreal body? What about all the other shows with kids in school? Disney and Nickelodeon, not everyone is wealthy. The TV ideas are not what kids should be focused on.

Honestly, we need to study. I hear students say they know who they should vote for as President but they don’t understand why. Shouldn’t we understand how government works? One day my mom won’t be here to drive me nuts about voting. She won’t be here to explain (for hours)  how the government works. Shouldn’t I be learning more about that in school? In 7 years I will be old enough to join the military, vote and become a legal adult.

The budget cuts in Kansas are making hard-working teachers like Mr. Schmidt struggle. He does his best, but without money he suffers. We all suffer. America can only be great if we are educated. Tolerance needs to be taught. Sex Education needs to be taught along with Anatomy and Physiology. History, Math, Social Studies, English, Arts–you name it .

Kansas, you have to pay our teachers. It’s not fair that my principal has to work two jobs to support her family. My mom does her best to support the school like many great parents. She runs a small business and so does my dad. They give beyond their taxes to make up for what teachers should already be getting. Why not increase the taxes on big businesses like tobacco? Cigarettes hurt people. Tax manufacturers more. Alcohol makers, tax them more.

I guess what I’m saying is teach us. Most importantly, teach us acceptance. Teach us to open our minds. We have to a accept that we share this earth.

Please, Kansas. Please, America. Put education at the top of your list. Help us go to college. Teach us . Pay our teachers more; don’t cut their budgets. Also–to everyone–learn about sex (with your parents or at school with their permission). Learn that acceptance of all love is, as my mom, says our way of being the change.

Andrew Mansfield is definitely not a carbon copy of his mother, Shareen Mansfield. He is a kid in Kansas who wants a decent education and for there to be more joy in the world instead of intolerance. Love is love. Love and let love.

Image credit: “Love Always Wins” captured by RecycledStarDust

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23 thoughts on “Where is the Love? Learning and Love in America .

  1. Keep writing, Andrew. We need your voice out there!

    I think people get confused by love because you can feel different types of live for different people. I love my parents, siblings, husband, children, and so many others. But I love them in different ways, and that’s okay. Not all love is 100% the same, but it is the same in the sense that you care about the well-being of others.

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  2. Thank you everyone who read this. Your comments make me happy. I will try to write. Aunt Shawna is helping me get through bullying stuff. My mom made me use a thesaurus when I wrote this. Aunt Shawna will try to help me about my body issues. I know I am overweight. I eat when I am scared or sad. I saw aunt Shawna’s 30 day challenge. I want to make a video b/c I want to be a youtuber for gaming. I don’t cuss when I give tutorials . I try to always say nice things & not make fun of people like some other you tube people. I shut down my channel so I can do it right .It’s hard though. My mom has been trying to help me teach me not to take things personally . I don’t like being made fun of so I try . It’s Kinda of hard to try when it feels like no one else is trying or they get away with it. My mom said I can have a Twitter if I use it for “work”. She said you would all be watching to make sure I am not doing things wrong or tweeting things I shouldn’t. She did pay me for submitting . I’ll try again. If people tease me for being honest I will try to not take things so hard. Thanks so much for reading this.

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  3. Andrew, you may not be a carbon copy of your mother, but you are an excellent writer, like her. What a great post. As someone else said, you give me hope that your generation will have better priorities than the one currently running the country.

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    1. Thank you for your comment . I hope I can write again. My mom reads a lot. Jido (her dad) said to me that I am like her at this age. I hate reading. She loves it. She makes me spell out the entire word when I text. Don’t get in trouble at my house. She makes you read all day.

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  4. What a profound and deeply moving post. You are asking all the right questions, and I applaud you for it. Please don’t stop being a curious individual with a compassionate heart. You are a wise little one!

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