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Community Service: Voluntary or Mandatory?

Should community service be a mandatory component of public school education?

Judson Waite

on 3 May 2011

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Transcript of Community Service: Voluntary or Mandatory?

So, what is community service? Community Service: Mandatory or Voluntary? Obama's changed policy "Obama will call on Citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year." "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free." 26% of Americans Volunteer 29% of woman volunteer compared to 23% of men Only months after his election into office, President Obama passed new bill (H.R. 1388 & S 277) that would demand voluntary servitude, or community service. The House of Representatives Bill 1388 and Senate Bill 277
has called on all American citizens, specifically those in our
public education systems, to serve the local and national community, use alternative sources of energy, and to educate themselves
and those around them in these fields. This bill heavily violates the 13th Ammendment, as it reads:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. As the bills currently stand:
they would increase education funding and establish a summer service program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school students who participate.
the legislation does not include a mandate requiring service. These bills are not likely to recieve a mandate requiring service in the near future. My Thoughts I am against any form of mandatory community service and do not support any of these policies.
These bills violate the exact definition 13th Ammendment of our Constitution.
Mandatory Servitude is Un-American and contradicts the idea of volunteerism.
Although, in theory, this is great way to reconnect Americans in difficult times, there are too many issues involved.
The cons outweigh the pros.
Example: Steirer v. Bethlehem Area School District Food for Thought:
As the bills are currently implimented (without mandates), incentives are used to coerce Americans to become involved. This should be a permanent method of coercion. Thank You Don't Mess, With the US
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