First of all, I have some concerns about bland activities undertaken by individual students.If, however, you were to redefine “community service” as an opportunity for collective action, genuine democratic involvement, and work for social justice -- that would be as exciting as it is rare.
I also think that it can give the students good work ethics even though they won't receive money for the good things that they do.
It might even give them a glimpse of what they might want to do with their lives.
The text is divided into eight chapters and outlines the four purposes of community service, such as the intellectual and academic benefits that accrue to students.
It then turns to three mandatory programs that were challenged on the grounds that they violated constitutional prohibitions against involuntary servitude, infringed on freedom of speech, and limited personal liberty.
Requiring students to take part in community service to graduate from high school can actually reduce their later volunteering, new research suggests.
Maryland's statewide requirement that all students complete 75 hours of service learning by graduation led to significant boosts in 8th grade volunteering—generally in school-organized activities—but it actually decreased volunteering among older students, leading to a potential loss in long-term volunteering, according to a study previewed online by the Economics of Education Review in June.In 2011, 19 states allowed districts to award credit toward graduation for volunteering or service learning, and seven states allowed districts to require service for graduation, according to data collected by the Education Commission of the States.In 2001, only seven states allowed high school credit for service.While Maryland remains the only state to require universal service learning as a condition of graduation, the District of Columbia school system began requiring 100 hours of community service in 2007, and several other large districts, including Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia, also require community service for graduation.This book focuses on three court rulings affecting mandatory high-school community service.What are your thoughts on community service as a requirement for graduation?