September 8, 2008

Mandatory Service

Is mandatory service today the best way to encourage willing service tomorrow? Legislation has been proposed that would force high school students to participate in a set number of hours of community service per year. Not just to make it into the National Honors Society, or for a better chance to make the college of their choice. But, simply to graduate from high school. There would be much good that would come from this, specifically the tremendous amount of community service that would get done from this new market of forced labor. Willing service would obviously be a much more beautiful picture. True love offered without coercion. But, until that happens, should we force it, in hopes that seeing the need would spur willing action post- high school?