Would Six Months of Civic Service for High Schoolers be a Good Idea??

@artistry (4154)
United States
December 14, 2009 11:48pm CST
Would high school students become better citizens, if they had to perform some type of civic or community service for six months before they graduated? Your thoughts.
3 responses
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
19 Dec 09
I think there are many community oriented part time jobs that students could perform as a learning tool. Spending time on a hospital ward as nurses aides, working at childcare centres as aids, driver education courses, home maintenance....in areas of hygiene and general cleaning and another course for using tools like hammers and screwdrivers, drills and saws. Then also maybe, basic gaedening skills. There could be other courses too like relationship counselling for people who intend to marry or set up house with a partner. Basic financial skills like budgeting and savings plans. These are all basic ideas I think young people should be made aware of and given a chance to develop skill in these areas.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
20 Dec 09
....Hi there Ms Tickle, Now, what you outline are things which would help a student handle basic life situations. These are things which should be woven into the students class sessions. In fact you would probably be very good, paricipating on a school board to help improve the system. Think about it, if you have the time to devote. You have very good ideas. Thank you.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
15 Dec 09
Our high school does that, our kids have to do community service of some kind, it is part of their requirement. I think it's great, it makes them realize that they are part of the community, and that they are capable of making a difference. Kids by nature are self-involved, a program that pulls their attention from themselves a few hours a week certainly doesn't hurt them any.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
16 Dec 09
.....Hi jewels49, That is forward thinking on the part of your school system and the local community to involve the students in the real world around them, instead of total book learning. That way when they graduate they will have some understanding of how governments function. It also assists in their development as young adults, as you mentioned. When I was in high school, many years ago, my cousin participated in a school program where she would work at a city job for a week and go to school for a week in her senior year. When she graduated, she had a job waiting for her. She retired from that same city employment, with many promotions I am sure. Thanks for responding and take care.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Dec 09
I seriously think it should start in the freshman year of high school and going onward to graduation. That would give kids a better background of community service and self esteem. I think 6 months is just not long enough. After four years it becomes a part of them and then they will carry it over into adulthood I believe, for most of them.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
16 Dec 09
...Hi lelin, You may well be right that to start early in high school would be more beneficial to the students. I am sure there are programs in effect now to acquaint the students with how government services work in one form or another. I don't know what the time frame would be, but the experience would be valuable and the hands on knowledge would be tremendous in the long run. Thanks for your reply.