Community service hours are a significant issue to all students around the globe, as they are taking a substantial amount of time away from their lives scouring for some kind of work to do. This is especially a problem for those who do not live near any public organizations, and do not have the schedule to do any work for them. Most students go searching around their neighborhood asking if their neighbors have any work for them, which does not help anyone academically. Thus, most community service hours that are done don’t relate to their academic classes or technical area. The effect community service has on both the school and the student are, in most cases, negative, strictly because of the ‘forced’ aspect of it. Students should not have to feel enslaved when trying to pass high school, especially since many other school districts do not have a …show more content…
If students want to learn more about their field, they should feel inclined to actually do the work on their own. Also, if a school makes each student complete at least 24 hours of community service to graduate, every student in the school will graduate with the exact same amount, which means hundreds of students are going to the workforce with no advantage over the other. Lastly, graduation is a big part of anyone’s life, and disallowing it can be devastating, especially for a very small problem. If a student works countless hours getting straight A’s every year, they should not be denied graduation because they didn’t work service hours at their local laundromat. Forcing community service hours is completely redefining what graduation is, since it used to be that the student excelled enough in each subject to get the passing grades, which isn’t the case when students are concurrently forced to do worthless
People become involved in community service for different reasons and it is up to the individual to realize if it is worthwhile and why they are helping others. Community service brings a nation together. Every country wants its community to be disciplined and work for change. Community service is the best way to inculcate responsibility into individuals. This is where I come in, as a volunteer, as an activist for a change and assistance. I have been inducted and a member of three unique clubs with a core purpose of community service and assistance to others. I have been apart of CSF, California Scholarship Federation, for three years and counting. Each system it is required for obtain fifteen hours of community service, whether be with an organization or school based activity. California Scholarship Federation is an exclusive community of college bound scholars who share resources, provide peer tutoring, and pursue success through community service and academic achievement. I became inducted into NHS, National Honor Society, my sophomore year. Since then I have been an active member participating in every community service opportunity our club participates in. In addition to the club's community service, we as members are required to obtain a certain amount of community service outside the club in order for our membership to not be revoked. NHS
President John Adams once said, "There are two kinds of education. One teaches you how to earn a living. The other teaches you how to live” (Adams). I agree with Mr. Adams and I think colleges should provide both types of education. Calling for students to complete community service hours will build the grounds on which they build the rest of their lives. However, many people don’t even give community service a chance. They say they’re too busy, it’s not for them, or simply choose not to do it. At my high school, we were required to complete thirty two hours of community service for graduation; many students came to love it.
Having community service should be required in all high schools across America, for these reasons and many others. It wouldn’t just benefit the students, but employers, communities, the elderly, neighbors, friends, and relatives.
The High School principal made an announcement on graduation requirements. Each student has to complete between 25-30 hours of community. This will be part of the seniors’ requirement for graduation. If they don’t complete it before graduation, they will not be able to walk with their graduating class. Students should be able to do 25-30 hours of community service as a part of their graduation because it’s rewarding, has positive change, and is eye catching on college applications and resumes.
In order to be successful in school, there should be a minimum requirement for high school students to do four hours of community service a week. Community service not only benefits students when looking for scholarships, but also helps apply what they learn in school to the real world. Volunteering helps students expand and practice on skills they have learned in school such as leadership and teamwork. Students who do community service learn to develop leadership skills as well as teamwork skills and this allows them to succeed not only in school, but also in careers and more community involvements. Participating in community service also helps students learn how to solve problems on their own because it is a real life experience. Volunteering helps students be successful in school because it builds a sense of responsibility, confidence, and helps students with scholarships to succeed for their future. I myself, for example, am a high school student who has done volunteer work at the public library.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have even begun to imagine that community service could be such a rewarding experience. As the oldest child I never had the opportunity of having someone that could help me with my homework, play with me and help me when I needed something. My parents once in a while could help me with homework, but once we moved to the United States I was definitely on my own considering my parents didn’t know enough English to help me. From this moment forward, I can say I’m very proud of myself for being where I am now without any help throughout my school years. Yet, I know I could have done better with the help of someone. I figured with the opportunity to do community service, I could take advantage of this situation and choose something that would help kids with whatever they needed and maybe even play with them if I had the chance.
One way to ensure a civically engaged population is to nurture and promote amongst youth and teenagers the value of participating in one’s community, with the hope that involvement will continue into adulthood. Most school districts in Arizona do not require students to volunteer as a graduation requirement. Those that do, necessitate a number of hours to be completed and logged individually; for example, Deer Valley Unified School District in Maricopa County requires eight hours of volunteering during a student’s senior year. Of course any opportunity for one to help society should be applauded – however, this particular process negates cooperative long-term attachment to a beneficial project and does not incorporate knowledge learned in class, or apply meaning in a real-life context. The implementation of Service-learning programs into public school curriculum would uphold useful skills associated with community involvement and citizenship, as well as address problems in real settings rather than do repetitious tasks in seclusion.
Requiring students to participate in service projects promotes academic success. Even when they are mandatory, the benefits from the hours that the students would complete, are evident. In a case investigating the validity of service as a violation of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, the court came to the conclusion that mandatory community service is more “educational than exploitative”(“Involuntary volunteers?”). So why is it that the majority still refuses to accept this mandate? Education is what has established the superiority of nations worldwide, so what the public must see is that these service hours are fundamental to the growth of students. As students continue to study at school, they create their own goals, but they become difficult to pursue. A study was conducted that came to the conclusion that, “girls who are involved in community service are less likely to get pregnant and less likely to fail in school”(Newquist). Community service would directly affect the likelihood of passing school for a majority of the student body. Ensuring that more students would succeed in school outweighs the argument that this...
In fact, the purpose of school is to educate knowledge and responsibility for future jobs and community positions. So, schools offer a plethora of activities for diverse student bodies. Nearly 80% of students participate in extracurriculars, and 57% of students have activities outside of school every day (“Survey…”). Every student is different; therefore, a broad program should not be forced upon students, especially when diverse extracurriculars are already in place. Additionally, over a quarter of 16 to 19 year olds have jobs (“Unemployment Remains...”). Between extracurriculars, part-time jobs, and academics, young citizens are forced to learn about time management, patience, and hard work. Moreover, students already volunteer on their own. Organizations such as Student Council and the National Honors Society require that their members participate in school or community events. Public service hours also factor into college acceptances and scholarship awards. When students are already learning leadership skills by volunteering on their own, requiring extra volunteer hours can be easily mistaken as a punishment or chore. Most high schoolers have tight schedules. It is even more tasteless to enforce mandatory public service upon students because they are “disadvantaged” (Levine 639). Here, volunteerism sounds more like court-ordered community service than an educational opportunity. Students,
Community service is often times done to receive a good assessment on a transcript or in a job interview. I’ll admit that at the start of my Senior year, I only wanted to get service hours because it would help me receive the twenty-hour minimum required to stay in the Beta Club. But after spending time with people in my community and giving back, I learned that helping others is a lot of fun and rewarding at the same time. By helping in my community, I got to know people, learned skills in cleaning and building, and ultimately made my hometown a better place.
She brings up the point that making a selfless act a requirement for graduating negates the spirit of volunteerism itself. She also says that the student will not feel the satisfaction of having spent time charitably. I completely respect these two viewpoints but I will have to disagree. First of all, you cannot remove the aspect of helping out the community by making it a requirement. It is a choice to not enjoy it if it's a requirement or you can feel that satisfaction if you choose. I got my job done in a couple weeks with the satisfaction of accomplishment as well as feeling like I've made someone else's life easier. Doing things that are selfless such as community service can make you feel great on the inside. It is a choice to not feel this way. You don't want to live your life with a mindset of “I just have to get this done”. Even if you have to why not take them time to enjoy it? You can't go on with your life thinking about the hardships of it, you've got to enjoy it. As far as we know, we only have one
Well, that depends who you're talking to. Slip the word "mandatory" behind community service, as school districts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and hundreds of others have done, and "opportunity" takes a new twist. Opportunity for who? For the students, or for the communities that can now capitalize on students' free labor? (Martin, pg. 13)
In an article written by Linda Saslow titled High School Mandating Community Service for Graduation, she mentions the many pros to mandatory community service. Saslow mentions school districts like Roslyn and Hewlett-Woodmere (1994, para 3) that have started requiring high school students to complete a certain number of community service hours in order to graduate high school. Their goal is to give “kids the opportunity for new experiences” (Saslow, 1994, para 4). Through research conducted by the school districts, they have come to the conclusion that students who would’ve been “too shy to volunteer have admitted that they were glad they had been forced”. This is good because it’s bringing students together and really opening them up to new
Secondly, as grim a fact as it is, we need to consider that students are already struggling as it is on average. Outside the education realm, students might have to deal with issues such as social status, self-esteem, up-and-down relationships with friends or significant others, or even worse parents, which could lead to a whole other batch of problems alone. Of course, assuming none of these problems arise, we find that they most of all struggle with their education. According to a speech given by President Obama, 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year. If you add more requirements for graduation can we really expect any better? Let’s certainly not forget that many schools probably shouldn’t have more on their plate either. Around 2,000 high schools make up 60% of these drop outs. That means 12% of all American high schools have a high concentration of problems, and if they can’t do their basic function of teaching them how can we expect them to handle mandatory community service?
Mandating community service for high school graduation was the best idea anyone could ever invent. Its a very useful, promising, and beneficial experience that every teen should want to be a part of. Volunteering gives people a sense of fulfilment, and the joy of knowing that so many people need help and being able to be that person to render those services make a better person. Community service should not be a burden for any teenager, but a special gift being giving to the community by a special individual. Community service should be a mandatory high school graduation requirement because it builds ones character, limits the rate of teenage delinquency, and establishes a path for a better future as an individual.