Some people believe unpaid community service should be compulsory part of high school programs.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is sometimes argued that high school students should be made to do some work in their local communities. While I disagree with the idea of making such programs compulsory, I do believe that voluntary community service could benefit young people.
There are several reasons why I would argue against having compulsory community service for secondary school students. Firstly, the school curriculum is already full with important academic subjects, such as math, science and languages. For example, I remember having an extremely busy timetable when I was at high school, and it would have been impossible to add to it. Secondly, students’ performance in other subjects would be affected if valuable study time were taken by charity work or neighboring improvement schemes. Finally, I believe that teenage students would be reluctant to take part in any program of obligatory work, and it could lead to poor motivation and even bad behavior.
On the other hand, the opportunity to do voluntary community service could be extremely positive for high school students. By making these programs optional, schools would ensure that only motivated students took part. These young people would gain valuable experience in an adult working environment which could help to build their self-confidence and enhance their skills. Having such experience and skills on their CVs could greatly improve school leavers’ career prospects. For example, a period of voluntary work experience might impress a university admissions officer or a future employer.