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LukeTheSpook
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Jojo123
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Private college prep schools should require service hours for transcripts.

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Started: 6/19/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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LukeTheSpook

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A growing trend in American private schools is the requiring of a set amount of community service hours. These hours can be obtained through volunteer work and the school administration generally has volunteer work offerred far before the deadline. Being that these schools are private it is certainly fair that they may have a policy as such in order to achieve graduation. These required service hours teach important lessons about responsibility and helping your community while also teaching students that sometimes you have to be a good monkey and bang your symbols if you wish to succeed. There is little detriment to any of the involved parties to this policy being that the student is rewarded with graduation and the community benefits by the student's help. It may seem strict to make the hours mandatory, but has become the only way to teach students the importance of community service. I think more private schools should consider this idea. Speaking as a senior at Faith Lutheran High School/Middle School i'd say it is working well for the student body.
Jojo123

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While I agree that public/community service is a wonderful learning tool with the ability to teach students a range of things, I must ask, who is it that would mandate this requirement. Private schools are, a lot of ways, outside of strict government control. Can a governing body require something of the private institutions that is not required in public school education? Individual schools or school systems may take on such a requirement, but to mandate, across that board, that all students in the country fulfill a extracurricular obligation may not be feasible.
Many students that attend private high schools are from households that can afford for their child to not have an after school job. However, there are those students, those scholarships or on their family's 'last dollar', that work in their free time. Should those students be required to choose between studying and service for their diploma.
A mandate requiring service can have similar consequences to the No Child Left Behind act in that communities, such as those in very rural areas, are left with few options.

Private institutions have the ability to work as they see fit for their community and students without, for the most part, catering to a list of requirements from an external body. This freedom allows the school administration to decide what the students in their community would benefit from most.

The idea of a community service requirement for students is a good one, however, mandating private institutions to enforce such a requirement could be detrimental to the very students it is meant to help.
Debate Round No. 1
LukeTheSpook

Pro

To make service hours a requirement to graduate may seem like a detriment to the student, but the current form of mandating service hours is clean and clear enough to make this idea practical. It is both the required amount of service time and the means in which a student may acquire these hours that allows for extracurricular activities and even working outside of school. While I cannot speak for all private schools the ones that I am aware of (and the one I attend) requires X amount of time over the school year rather than having mandatory service opportunities. At the school I currently attend we are required to have 20 service hours by the time we are seniors. It is worth noting that the aforementioned school is also a college prep school that has also begun requiring grades under 70% to be remediated. The service hour requirement is strict but is utilized to create a better transcript. Keep in mind that I stress the term college prep private schools being that i'm fairly certain it slipped my mind to make that designation earlier. This particular service hours system is a smart one, allowing the student a full school years to acquire only 20 hours of service work (which the school provides a "service leadership" class to get said hours) in order to help your chances in getting accepted to a good college. So even with extracurricular activities or a job to occupy time the service hour system isn't much more detrimental of a requirement than going to class every 5 days a week.
Jojo123

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