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Posted 8/26/14
I don't know about you, but in my high school all the students were required to contribute a certain number of hours of community service in order to graduate. Some people think it's pointless extra workload, others believe it gives back to the community. Does your school have this requirement?
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Our school used to provide something called the A+ program. It required that you maintain a certain GPA, attendance, and go out and do 50 hours of community service on your own, and in return my first two years of college tuition were covered. I worked with City Hall, and a after school kids club.
Posted 8/26/14
I honestly don't see the downside to it.
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Posted 8/26/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:

I don't know about you, but in my high school all the students were required to contribute a certain number of hours of community service in order to graduate. Some people think it's pointless extra workload, others believe it gives back to the community. Does your school have this requirement?


Your school is probably Government funded...
..In that case, it makes sense that you do something for the public in return..
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Posted 8/26/14
My school had community service groups, but it wasn't mandatory, simply something for students who wished to help out. I liked it, but I can see how the extra help from the rest of the student body could create a better impression on the community so as to do more.
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shuyi000 wrote:

Your school is probably Government funded...
..In that case, it makes sense that you do something for the public in return..


Enriching a sense of community involvement and participation absolutely should be a goal of any educational program containing compulsory voluntary service, but what should be of the greatest importance is the impact such a policy has on students, both in terms of their quality of life and the quality of their educational outcomes.
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Posted 8/26/14
I would refuse based on slavery is outlawed in the US and most other countries.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
I don't hate the idea.I just think that people that go to highschool should only have to worry about getting good grades.In my opinion, the idea just sounds like menial labor.When I went to highschool there was community service,but it was an alternative to being suspended.I wouldn't care if community service was implemented into highschools as a requirement to graduate,but I think it would be better if it were only a form of discipline rather than a requirement to graduate.Also there are a lot of factors that are unaccounted for.For example,what if the student has a medical condition that limits the amount of physical work they can do (like severe asthma)?Are they still required to do 50 hours of community service,or are they required to do less?What if the student is disabled from the waist down?There aren't a lot things you can do for 50 hours when you're in a wheelchair or crouches.Are they exempted from the service,or like the people with medical conditions,are they only required to do less work?
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Posted 8/27/14
I agree with the above poster, if you want to give benefits or extra credit or something that's fine I suppose but nothing should be mandatory besides actual schoolwork.
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Wihl wrote:

I would refuse based on slavery is outlawed in the US and most other countries.


Compulsory education is forced labor, and yet it isn't slavery. Is it that the education being received is considered compensation for the work, or is it that the student is considered neither the property of the school nor the teacher(s) which makes this so?
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Wihl wrote:

I would refuse based on slavery is outlawed in the US and most other countries.


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Posted 8/28/14
I don't see why not. I rather do community service than homework.
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Posted 8/28/14
It's giving back to the community, keeping kids humble and helping them see good ways to contribute to the community.

My high school was Catholic, so our community service was mandatory. I never once heard anyone complain about it. Because our school was Catholic, we had different reasoning... As Christians, we're supposed to give of ourselves, and that means helping people out which in the end is community service. And I did have non-Christian classmates, and none of them seemed to mind.

On top of which, for some of us, it was easy to fulfill that requirement. And for me, what fulfilled my requirement was going on a mission trip to Tanzania with several of my classmates. 60 hours, covered easily with that one trip.

In the end, I think lots of students do some community service without even realizing it. So I don't think it's a bad requirement. It just makes kids more aware of how they can help out and hopefully keep them from being too selfish.
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Well the concept of community service is great but I don't think it should be mandatory. You'll never know what other responsibilities a student has and making it mandatory can hinder the student. I can attempt to make the argument of "help because you want to, not because you are forced to" however the flaw in that argument is that there are people who want to help only after they are forced to since they'll become aware of it.

Also the school system (in America) is split two ways (not including homeschool)-public and private. Private institutions, if they want their students to do service, they'll enforce it, it doesn't matter so much to them. Public institutions on the other hand....well the school has to consider students who just don't do it since they don't have much of an obligation to do it since they're not paying for the education and they may also believe they have better ways to spend their time.

Personally in terms of high school, teens are getting ready to go to college and the competition to get into great college is tough in america. Students who care will do community service in order to show commitment and willingness to give back to their community. However there is also the thing called building your college resume and the motives are quite sly in which students simply do in order to have it on record. I hated seeing other kids lazing around, just being there so it's enough to get their hours of service. That is just messed up to me.I did it well and it made me happy to help others--killed two birds with one stone.

Plus students may have their time filled with extracurriculars (e.g. cram school, music lessons, sports, and language classes). \

Sorry this is a really choppy post. (it doesn't flow well) but I regurgitated most of what I was thinking on the topic.
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Posted 8/28/14
I think students are more likely to do it if it isn't mandatory. Let's be real. How many teens are going to be jumping for joy because they're being forced to go out of their way to do mandatory community service in order to graduate? When I was in high school I was in a work co-op program that doubled as community service so I didn't really care... but I could definitely see why my classmates would complain about it. Students have enough to deal with during that time.
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