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After reading through comments allegedly originating from high school students I think I shall develop a really nasty case of intestinal ulcers. Have we no literate high school students? My own essays dating from that point in my history are paragons of erudition in comparison --- or perhaps I should write "paramours of eructation"?
I am a high school student, and i had to complete a community service project my freshman year. you had to volunteer 12 hours and journal it and make a project about how it helped the common good. i think it was a good idea, but who knows. i only did it because it was 175 points and i would fail civics if i did not complete it.
Fine. Then we'll stop forcing them to do math and science too. good idea
I think it is sad that some think of a requirement of community service is "forcing" the kids into community service. I would consider it another form of homework. Do we consider that when assignments are given we are forcing the students into doing math, or social studies? An assignment that is valuable is one which teaches a good lesson. Community service is one such assignment where students have vast opportunity to find a way to make the assignment personally meaningful.
i agree communtity service shouldn't be a requirement it should be an option!!
i think community service shouldn't be a requirement!! people shouldn't be forced to do something they don't want to do!!
i think that every student should give back to their community. look how much the govorment and our states have brought us we should have to give back. it would teach a good lesson and would boost confidence
"When I decide to give, of my own volition, my time, my fortune and my effort in order to help my fellow man, I am a better human being and a better American. I am a volunteer! There is no higher calling in life.
When I am told that I must give of my time, my fortune and my effort, under penalty of personal or financial harm I am no better than a serf, I am a slave."
Does anyone see the blatant contradition in terms when we propose 'mandatory volunteerism'? Try saying this, 'mandatory charity'. Does the word, oxymoron come to mind? The word, 'voluntary' briefly defined: ..acting on one's own free will without valuable consideration or legal obligation.
Americans are the most giving people on earth because they are free to give and not required to give (April 15th is an exception). When we teach and convince our students that helping others benefits all concerned, we add to the ranks of the millions of other virtuous free peoples on earth. Good will and giving are contagious.
Consider a student not blessed with an easy existence. Perhaps a student living in a small shared apartment with other brothers or sisters. With a mom or dad struggling to keep food on the table. A student, who in his/her senior year is working a job after school to help out at home, (no less fund a future rudamentary college or technical education). Compound the fact that this student is not driving to school on that cold wintery morning when it's 15 degrees in a comfortable late model car. But rather, this student is hoofing it with a pair of shoes that are about to break out in the toes and a jacket that's in not much better shape. (Cold wintery days are the worst!) When this student is directed, that is mandated, by school officials to give up fifty hours of time without remuneration, in order to help others (possibly better off than our student), could we safely conclude that this directive looks alot like theft? Theft of our student's time and effort?
Mandate charity and you convert the act of giving to the crime of stealing. You chance to convert compassion to hostility. Giving of one's time and effort is an art form that must be taught and not commanded. When one is asked to give, and the request is denied, the answer must be honored in a free society, otherwise it is no longer a free society.
Most teens naturally think of themselves and their little social world, rather than seeing their niche in the larger real world that surrounds them (their community). Forcing teens to do service can be unpleasant at first, but given time most will understand the broader value of the experience. In my rural community of 23,000 people, over half of our students take free or reduced lunch. The other portion of sutdents deserve to know that not all of their neighbors are finding food for their tables or that not everyone has the money for heat or gas or clothing. And the under privileged need to find the joy in giving to others of their time and talents--that just because they don't have the money, doesn't lessen their value to society.
On the one hand, giving back is a great idea and kids should be givers to as well as takers from their community. But when my kids were in school, we ran into a problem - what is their community? They lived in an isolated rural area. Went to school in a small town. Spent every evening in a major city, and didn't spend enough time in any of them to handle the logistics demanded by the service expectations. When kids live, go to school and socialize in a community, then it is easy for them to be connected and work out the logistics, but some kids don't live in a community per se, or don't feel connected to any of the "communities" they spend time in, or can't work out the logistics of scheduling service projects. I was able to volunteer in their school and I volunteered putting out two newsletters, but the service expectations were time consuming and hands-on, and my kids couldn't do that very well (and the transportation ended up on me). It's a challenge. Any time we think one model will work for everyone, it simply doesn't.