I disagree with you position because the rewards that come from service are great. Students are pushed out of their comfort zones and into the lives of those in needs. A requirement of service hours requires students to put others first and work toward the common good for a community.
I agree that it will bring goodness into the community, but the problem with community service is that sometimes you are expected to give your time and your money to a cause that you don't really want to support.
That is the great thing about service. There are so many opportunities. There are endless choices of service or groups to donate to. Also service does not always require money. It may just take time, time that will help someone in need. Going out and helping first hand can be so rewarding the best part is that it doesn't cost a dime! You may need to sacrifice a small portion of your time but the results are worth the time you will give up.
There are many great opportunities and choices of services to do. However, as a high school student, it is tough to squeeze in these events in their schedules. It causes some issues. Some of the students are enrolled in advanced or AP classes and some participate in multiple clubs and sports. So, there's not much free time that is available in their schedules. Although community services are encouraged, students find it difficult to cut time out of their busy lives in order to participate in these events.
AP classes can be used for college credits and what looks better on a college application then service. It shows that you are a well rounded student and individual. Taking the time to balance school and community service present a positive image to college and prepares you for the real world. As young people we should strive to better the community and that is a quality greatly admired by colleges. Making the small sacrifice of time for the community is really important. Being an active part of the community and a leader for the future creates an image of you to be a better candidate for an innovative future. Wouldn't you want to be know as a leader for a better future?
The negative side to community service when it involves AP classes and other advanced courses is that when the student starts to do community service, it will interfere with their study time and their grades may go down.
I also feel like community service should not be forced upon students. Not only students, but to other people. I believe that true volunteering lies in an individual's will and drive to help others and enforcing it eliminates that drive.
Another things is that even though we can pick what service we want to do, when you volunteer, you have to deal with people. Some people are pleasant to deal with and some are not. When you find yourself working with individuals you do not like or cannot get along with, it can be a very unpleasant experience.
Some students if not forced to do service will never take the time to do so. It is providing a new experience that may other wise not have been had. Service can change someone's life and may change their ideas about their future. They may decided to work in a more specific field because of a person or an experience they had at service. As for having to deal with people, that is a part of life that cannot be avoided. Every day, in every line of work we must learn to work with people. Their may come a time when your ability to work or deal with others can help you in school or work. When you get stuck in a group for a project you will have the knowledge of how to properly deal with whatever problems may arise. In a work place you will not always like your co-workers or boss, but if you know how to deal or cope with unpleasant people you become an asset to your company.
Forcing students to do service is still bad. I think it is a form of indentured servitude, even though the people may receive a paycheck. It also takes away the idea of the United States being a free place to live. The federal government considers funding for the "faith-based programs", but who really determines which programs would qualify?
I know there are many students out there who do work, but not voluntarily. They need to be paid to help support their families or to save for college. It would be unfair to force them to do community service.
The whole concept behind community service is that you are sacrificing your time and volunteering. You are not supposed to get paid because it isn't a job it is an activity to help better the community. People should spend time helping others. Community service is not for every one and the purpose isn't to make everyone do it. The purpose behind community service hours in schools is to make students well rounded. Especially for kids in private school where most student are in some form well off. Sometimes we take for granted what we have and how lucky we are. By taking the time and do something to help others we can see how privileged we are. It is easier to write a check and call it a day but it is more rewarding to help hand on. Sacrificing 6 hours in the span of 3 months isn't too much to ask and it isn't going to break the bank. We should value what we have and give to others who aren't as lucky. It doesn't matter how you do it, but students who can learn this lesson of value while still here at school with become well rounded individuals with a sense of reality. We are called to help our community every day, so why not give them 6 hours.