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Requiring Community Service for High School Graduation<br />By: Krislene Dye <br />EDU 290 <br />October 27, 2009<br />
Requiring Community Service for High School Graduation<br />It has become more common for public schools around the United...
Community Service is a Good Thing….Right?<br />Opponents feel that this graduation requirement creates “mandatory voluntee...
Examples of Community Service Projects<br />Tutoring <br />Working at Soup Kitchens <br />Fundraising <br />Blood Drives <...
Name: Blood_drive<br />Author: jeremyfoo<br />Name: Road_cleanup<br />Author: P_Linehan<br />
Name: Planting_trees<br />Author: laura.ouimette<br />Name: Orange_Vest_Volunteers<br />Author:MoBikeFed<br />
The Difference Between Community Service & Service Learning <br />
Statistics on Community Service & Service Learning<br />“The percentage of high schools involved in some form of community...
Opponents of Required Community Service<br />Cost <br />Scheduling of every child in school to a project accomplished effe...
Proponents of Required Community Service <br />Positive effects on “…personal identity, spiritual growth, moral developmen...
Service Learning – History & It’s Impact on Public Schools<br />Service learning was first identified as a type of instruc...
Service Learning<br />The components of service learning: <br />the need for active participation <br />collaboration betw...
The Future of Service Learning  <br />Keys Points to the success of required Service Learning Programs:<br />School Boards...
Conclusion<br />As a future educator and an active member of Central Michigan University’s community I see and understand ...
Works Cited<br />Eyler, Janet., Kraft, Richard J. “Service Learning - School, Higher Education.” 2009. 27 September 2009. ...
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  1. 1. Requiring Community Service for High School Graduation<br />By: Krislene Dye <br />EDU 290 <br />October 27, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Requiring Community Service for High School Graduation<br />It has become more common for public schools around the United States to require students to complete a set number of community service hours before graduation. <br />Though requiring community service in some school districts has created many lawsuits in the U.S. <br />
  3. 3. Community Service is a Good Thing….Right?<br />Opponents feel that this graduation requirement creates “mandatory volunteerism.”<br />Proponents claim that community service creates service learning, which is essentially a “tool to enhance student learning”(Kraft).<br />Read more: http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html<br />
  4. 4. Examples of Community Service Projects<br />Tutoring <br />Working at Soup Kitchens <br />Fundraising <br />Blood Drives <br />Environmental Clean-up<br />Coaching Sports <br />Read more: http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html#ixzz0VAtKlESI<br />
  5. 5. Name: Blood_drive<br />Author: jeremyfoo<br />Name: Road_cleanup<br />Author: P_Linehan<br />
  6. 6. Name: Planting_trees<br />Author: laura.ouimette<br />Name: Orange_Vest_Volunteers<br />Author:MoBikeFed<br />
  7. 7. The Difference Between Community Service & Service Learning <br />
  8. 8. Statistics on Community Service & Service Learning<br />“The percentage of high schools involved in some form of community service rose from 27 percent in 1984 to 83 percent in 1999”<br />A Roper Starch survey (2000) found that while 61 percent of Americans were unfamiliar with the term service learning, over 90 percent endorse the concept when it is explained to them.<br />Read more: http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html#ixzz0VAjETaRI<br />
  9. 9. Opponents of Required Community Service<br />Cost <br />Scheduling of every child in school to a project accomplished effectively <br />Do some service organizations expose minors to potential risks? If so who is reliable? <br />Adequate adult supervision<br />Specific Requirements - How many hours is enough but not too many? <br />Opponent views gathered from: “Mandated Volunteerism: Is It Right? Do We Want It?”<br />
  10. 10. Proponents of Required Community Service <br />Positive effects on “…personal identity, spiritual growth, moral development, interpersonal development, the ability to work well with others, leadership, and communication skills.” <br />Leads to greater acceptance of diversity<br />Increase seen in Grade Point Averages<br />Read more: http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html#ixzz0VAqsDZZl<br />
  11. 11. Service Learning – History & It’s Impact on Public Schools<br />Service learning was first identified as a type of instruction in the mid-1960s <br />“[Service Learning] has also been called the &quot;Trojan Horse&quot; of school reform, and has become a mechanism which many schools and colleges are using to bring the school and community closer together and to provide a more active learning environment for students” (Kraft). <br />Creates better relationships between teachers, students, and the community<br />Creates motivation in classrooms<br />Read more: http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html#ixzz0VAtxFJOR<br />
  12. 12. Service Learning<br />The components of service learning: <br />the need for active participation <br />collaboration between school and community <br />integration with the students&apos; academic curriculum <br />structured time for reflection <br />opportunities to use newly acquired skills in real-life situations <br />extension of learning beyond the classroom <br />fostering a sense of caring for others <br />Definition by The Commission on National and Community Service, http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html<br />
  13. 13. The Future of Service Learning <br />Keys Points to the success of required Service Learning Programs:<br />School Boards need financial backing for these programs (until this happens implementing service learning may be put on the back burner.)<br />Volunteered assistance by parents is essential to any service learning program.<br />Well trained teachers and administrators <br />Read more: “Mandated Volunteerism: Is It Right? Do We Want It?”<br />
  14. 14. Conclusion<br />As a future educator and an active member of Central Michigan University’s community I see and understand the importance of Community Service. <br />Service Learning trumps Community Service<br />Require service learning over community service <br />This would diminish the argument of volunteerism shouldn’t be mandatory, because service learning is curriculum based. <br />Mandatory service learning would be about LEARNING to volunteer and how it connects to curriculum, instead of forcing volunteering (which is where most of the debate comes from). <br />Service Learning would create a better community for everybody, including the students who would learn a new life skill. <br />Read more: “Mandated Volunteerism: Is It Right? Do We Want It?”<br />
  15. 15. Works Cited<br />Eyler, Janet., Kraft, Richard J. “Service Learning - School, Higher Education.” 2009. 27 September 2009. http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2414/Service-Learning.html<br />Lopez, Mark Hugo. “Youth Attitudes towards Civiv Education and Community Service Requirements. Fact Sheet.” ERIC. October 2002: Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). 27 September 2009. <br />Morris, Christine. “Mandated Volunteerism: Is It Right? Do We Want It?” ERIC. September 1992: 1- 4. Updating School Board Policies; v23 n7. Web. 27 September 2009. <br />Images<br />Blood_drive.jpg. Personal Photograph by jeremyfoo. 29 October 2009. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyfoo/1124875987/sizes/l/<br />Orange_Vest_Volunteers. Personal Photograph by MoBikeFedhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mobikefed/2841175563/sizes/l/<br />Planting_trees. Personal Photograph by lauraouimette. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8244126@N06/512532859/sizes/l/<br />Road_cleanup. Personal Photograph by P. Linehan. http://www.flickr.com/photos/p_linehan/1383839970/sizes/l/<br />

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