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In my opinion of schools requiring that students do a certain amount of hours in community service is not unreal but highly unconstitutional in my opinion because schools are forcing kids to either do an activity that's natural purpose is to be a voluntary or fail. Personally their damaging a students integrity to be the best they can be because say a student doesn't have the time to spend doing something for his/her community because they have tests exams and allot of other things to do for their advancement in school. personally it isn't downright insane for kids to participate in services for their community but to make in mandatory is a down right indoctrination to get kids to believe its good to give back to their community on every chance they get because that also inflicts a person integrity to even live in today's society. So to conclude i think that community service should not be mandatory but voluntary.
Volunteering is one more tool to create community and to extend the boundaries of it - ironically, it shouldn't be the school asking the students to volunteer, it should be the students actively seeking an opportunity to do so - and , in my opinion, it should start much earlier than High school -
When do we stop taking on parenting roles. It is certainly within the schools purview to encourage social responsibility. It is not, however schools responsibility to teach morality. That is a parent's job.
A private school is a little different, you choose to go there. A public school is where my tax dollars go. The 13th amendment of the US Constitution clearly states that community service is issued for a penalty of law. Not to get all "constitutional" on you, but it is a little confusing to some people...the terminology. Mandatory volunteerism? Our district has used community service as a punishment in the past. Here in Ohio you can have this in your district, ORC 3313.605. You can earn credit for it. That helps sweetin' up a bit. But our district doesn't want to follow the law, when asked why, I was told "we can do whatever we want". Yes, they actually said that. Very dangerous mindset. A board member actually stated that if we don't like it, we have two choices...vote them out, or with open enrollment, take your kids and go elsewhere. They have stated it's their job to make better peolpe of our children. If that is to be a mirror image of them, I am not at all interested. I can think of all sorts of good things to do, I could threaten or force others to do it, but I'd bet you may have a change of heart, if you don't have the choice, you simply may not agree with my ideas of a good thing.
A few years ago I asked my high school students (10th grade) what they did for community service. They said that community service was for those who broke the law and were assigned a job by the court. I was appalled that they had no idea that everyone should give back to their community. After that I talked about the word "philanthropy" and used examples from the community of those who helped others. We had many discussions about why they should spend some time on community service.
I think it would be good for high school students to have required hours of community service. Right now in Florida it is only required for those who want to receive Bright Futures scholarships to state colleges in Florida. My daughter attended a private high school and had to document 75 hours of community service to graduate. She enjoyed the projects she worked on, and it did not take too much time from her academics or sports.
Children learn by example. For those who have grown in a home environment that is filled with charity and love and dedication to service, it is a natural process for them to volunteer as they mature to adulthood. For those who are missing that environment, learning to volunteer is a wonderful experience. If we expect the future leaders of this country to be charitable and support humanity it should be included in their personal routine and nutured through school activities as well as community actions. Humanity must be experienced to be appreciated and carried on to the next generation. If not now, then when?
If some of you folks want to do community service.. have at it. It's one of our freedoms here in this country. Leave MY children out of it. I will raise them as I see fit. They already do things for others at their own will. How bout we make some of the administration or faculty members do some "free" labor. Community service. Educate them...leave your personal agendas out of it. We allow you to be in our school systems that we fund, don't let this whole "power" thing get you in trouble. Oh, it's only 10 hours, 20,40 hours. Next it will be more, and other things. My district is implementing this illegally, they claim it's their job to make better people of my children. Sorry, I don't think so. I know of some of the things that go on there and are covered up. It does not help the students you have to threaten to do this. It cheapens the efforts other students do because they want to. Stay out of my life. Leave my children alone. Some people just like "bullying" others. That's all this is. Of course under the guise of "you need our help".
If schools can do the volunteering during school time, then make it mandatory, absolutely! But you cannot tell students to do anything with their "free" time. There are so many complicated home environments where there might be little money, no transportation, no time because everyone, including the student has a job... Volunteering is a privilege and a joy but I think it should be written into the school day!
Community service should be a choice because it helps to show the people who are willing to go the extra mile. Community service is selfish at its heart because you are still doing it for some personal, even if it is just because doing good makes you feel good. So why no choose what you want to do in life.
A program called MentorConnect encourages high school and college students to volunteer by sharing their knowledge with a younger student. Every child has a passion. Why not help them find and develop those passions? www.mentorconnect.net