The Community Responds To Our Question Of The Week

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Should High School Students Have To Finish Mandated Community Service?

Last week we asked you guys if you thought high school students should be required to complete some form of community service in order to graduate from high school. The majority of you all responded with a quick “yes”; however, there were a few readers that felt like high school students already have way too much to handle as it is. Here are some of the responses from our readers.

“I had to; close to 20 years ago. I did my 100 hours at a vet clinic and I loved it even more. Never was able to do vet school. Had a kid right after high school. But my love for animals never went away and I want to go back to school.” 

“No, I don’t think it should be a requirement.”

 “In 1997, I had to do 40 hours and the experience got me hired by them afterwards in a full-time job so yeah, teach them some civic responsibilities.”

“Yeah they should, it’s important to contribute to your own community, but since most of us won’t do it on our own, I don’t see the problem with 40 hours of mandatory contribution to be served once as a part of the requirements to receive your diploma/GED.”

“No. 40hrs/week of educational instruction IS their job.”

“It wouldn’t hurt them!”

“The school I went to had community service as a requirement for graduation. I think it’s a good idea.”

“Yes. Doing community service keeps us in touch with the everyday problems and issues with people on the other side. We all tend to live in our own sheltered world, not thinking about how others not so fortunate may have to struggle through the simple everyday things we take for granted.”

“All four of mine did community service through our church. It’s a parent’s job to instill. My husband and I, along with my parents and grandparents, taught the next generation to cook, sew, plant, fix cars, check the oil…schools are fine, but what really matters need to be modeled at home. The rest is a bonus.”

The majority of the people who wrote in felt that a community service requirement would be beneficial to our community. However, those who opposed it made valid points. I see both sides. Community Service can teach valuable lessons to our youth and help out our community in many ways. On the other side many parents and teachers feel like students these days have way too much pressure and sometimes find it hard to keep up with all of the requirements they have in school already. Especially if they are involved in some kind of extracurricular activities like; sports, drama, band, or ASB. The Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle loves to hear from its readers, be on the lookout for next week’s Question to the community and email your response to [email protected] if you want your voice to be heard.

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