A movement has swept across America where school systems have begun requiring students to volunteer in order to graduate. This new prerequisite has two main flaws that it imposes on High School students. The first problem is that lots of students don’t have time to do any service because they have other commitments; this prerequisite would, secondly, remove a distinguishing element from students who already do community service and excel in school. To address the first problem about the lack of time for some individuals, we can look at how many student schedules are already over saturated with activities. Most students have so many obligations outside of school that they often struggle to find time to even do their homework, let alone do community service. They spend the majority of their hours either at school, doing sports, or working. If we were to make volunteer hours a requisite to graduating these thousands of students would be forced to give up their other commitments to complete this requirement. …show more content…
It is common knowledge that volunteering gives college applicants a better chance at being accepted, and in some cases get them into larger colleges than previously possible. By requiring all students to have service hours removes the uniqueness that many students use to set themselves above other applicants with similar grades. This all makes it harder for graduates with hopes of going to better colleges, and may even improve the resume of others who wouldn’t have volunteered their time had it not been for the requirement. We must keep volunteer work an optional service to allow students to make the choice whether or not to improve their college
Imagine a typical teen, they have a job, homework, sports, and other extracurriculars. They don’t get home till late at night and they are exhausted. This teen can take much more and thankfully they are about to graduate, but wait the school wants them to fit in one hundred of community service into that schedule in order to graduate. How on earth is this busey teen suppose to do that with all that they have going on? Students should not have to do one hundred hours of community service to graduate high school.
This school should not require 100 hours of community service as a graduation requirement because of the busy lives of teenagers, the pressure of graduation, and loss of enthusiasm for community service. Schools should encourage community service but this is not the way to do it.
Welcome ladies and gentlemen , my name is Gary Gidhay. I am here today to convince you that the minimum requirement of 40 volunteer hours is not only helpful to your community, but it is also essential to the development and health of the average teen. Now the average teen is bombarded with distractions, some of these being social networks, friends,family affairs/problems,video games, and even relationships in general. Some adults may think that these can be easily avoided , however those people are incredibly wrong. Being a teen in this generation is like nothing anyone will ever experience , we have everything at our fingertips , we have so many things to do it is almost impossible to get anything productive done. This is just one reason why the 40 mandatory community service hours are incredibly important to teens. These hours teach us things that if we were not forced to do , we would never learn and would make it very hard for us to strive in a typical work environment. We learn skills that we will use for the rest of our...
Kim, in the United States, grades are not the only factor in evaluating school applicants and job candidates. From Rhodes Scholar selections to college applications, excellence in other areas such as leadership, volunteer activities, sports and arts is equally important (p82-90). In American schools, students are encouraged to do volunteer work. So much so that many schools have guidelines for how much time students are expected to spend serving in the community. Children learn the value of giving from an early age. Volunteer activities is one way Americans feel a part of things and share the goal of serving and contributing to build their communities. From neighborhood watch programs to environmental issues, Americans do not wait for the government to initiate action: they take action to bring about the changes they desire. Therefore, Americans view volunteer work as a way to teach children and young adults values such as cooperation and teamwork, dedication and work ethics, equality and social justice, leadership, generosity and compassion for
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.
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.
Universities have recently started allowing students to volunteer for nonprofit groups and as a payment or reward they can receive lower college expenses or even free college. This is letting the students decide if they want to work for their education and walk out without or little debt. By doing this we are giving students a learning experience on how you can earn what you want rather than letting them pay their way through college. Colleges that have tried this solution have noticed a great amount of success (Laboissiere). Students are taking the opportunity serious and tend to take their education more serious, since they already “worked” for
Taking time to volunteer at the many nonprofit organizations, homeless shelters, advocacy centers, philanthropic fundraisers, local schools and child care facilities in the inner city is not always at the forefront of young people’s minds while navigating through their college experiences. But, with a little push from student organizations, local nonprofits and passionate individuals, volunteerism and community change can start to take a front seat and become not just an opportunity, but also a priority in the lives of young people.
Community service is a common service for people to take care of each other and volunteer. People apply to different community services: soup kitchen, taking care of children and homeless people, clinics, churches, schools, neighbor's house and many countless places to volunteer. Some people really enjoy to work at community services while others do not. These community services can be a punishment for criminals because a court assigns them to do so. However, some people do not agree with community service supporters. While some people believe that there should be a community service requirement for high school and college graduation because students need to learn and have experiences there, they are right; on the other hand, a community service requirement should be allowed for two reasons and not be allowed for another three reasons.
Some people believe that community service is beneficial, it will be harmful to students and their time. As a senior in high school, I can testify that the majority of my time is spent with homework, college applications, and responsibilities at home. As it stands right now, I barely have any free time to myself. With this in mind, I am not the only student who has pre existing responsibilities that takes up almost all of my day. Almost every student within the senior` class spend the majority of their time like I do; homework, college applications, chores, then sleep. If community service hours were required, those hours would take up the miniscule amount of free hours senior students have to themselves. Senior, Adam Sandlin, was asked if he would rather spend his free time doing what he wants or performing community service and
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?
Volunteering is important for numerous reasons, which can benefit both the community and the volunteer themselves. It is essential for everyone to have experience in, in his or her life. Doing community service makes a tremendous difference in which it shapes a community for the better. Sometimes volunteering isn’t all about making the community better, it can also help gain one’s knowledge in a certain area. In one of my spring 2014 classes, I had to do community service when the class finishes for the semester. After my spring break of 2014, I volunteered at an afterschool place, Delight in Study. I taught kids, coworkers, friends, and even my manager in using different software from Microsoft Office. There were also a couple of times where I work at a public library near my house. I was helping kids with Word and PowerPoint.
Volunteering: The great experience no one can afford to lose. Opposers say, mandatory community service can have several negative effects on students. “Community service hours are impressive additions to college applications and can provide a student with a great sense of accomplishment; however, the mandatory hours will have many negative consequences” (Cydney Hayes, 2012). Many students are barely even passing the regular school curriculum, and opposers believe that adding the additional load of mandatory service hours will discourage teens from even wanting to graduate. Also mandatory service is usually assigned by a court as punishment to delinquents. “In a small number of cases, community service is required by the court system as restitution for delinquent offenses” (Planty and Bozick, 2006).