Editorial

Should Community Service Be Mandatory

Numerous schools across the globe have been impelling students to do community service projects in order to graduate for the past few decades. This is done with hope that their students will gain a better sense of duty and can build leadership skills to prepare their students for future jobs.

However, people are opposing the idea of requiring students to do community service stating that volunteer work should be based on one’s will and drive to help others. Imposing students to help their community defeats this purpose.

According to a debate.org poll the 42% of people agreeing that high schools should require community service argue that students are capable of developing characteristic qualities such as responsibility, selflessness, and respect towards others by providing aid to their community in the country’s the students are located in.

The other 58% of people who disagree with the idea that schools should require community service argue that high school students have other activities they should prioritize school work, homework and extracurricular activities. Students who especially come from families that are struggling should worry about their families well beings before anyone else’s.

People who disagree with the idea of mandatory community service also argue that if students are required to help their community a great percentage of the students will not put their heart and passion to their work they put into helping others. Due to this, students would be missing out on the whole purpose of community service.

According to Malcom Gaynor of portagenorthernlight.com, community service is a great way of learning from new experiences, gaining new skills and creating bonds and new friendships amongst each other.  Volunteer work is a great way to inspire students to keep on helping their communities even after graduating.

On the other hand, Liam Fagan disagrees with the fact that schools should require their students to do CSP’s. He believes that students have other tasks to worry about and having to do community service will stress the students more and can even lead them to perform poorly in academics.

Sofia Zubieta

Sofia Zubieta is a 12th grader, she writes advice editorials. Sophia loves working with kids.

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