Mandating community service is bad


19-Oct-2016 21:43

Though I never sent in the card, that picture always gave me the heebeegeebees.

I got the same feeling a few weeks ago when I heard about Performance Based Graduation, Branford High's flashy new curriculum scheme.

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By Eli Kintisch When I heard that Branford High School was instituting a policy of mandatory community service, I had to chuckle.

Now, as school administrators, they're calling themselves reformers and trying to impress their values on Generation Y. In the last 10 years, as this idea has gained momentum, students, parents, and civil rights groups have opposed the programs in court, but to little avail.

These days, every school district has a program in the works to "improve" the quality of education.

The draft calls for a Branford graduate who "reads effectively" and "aesthetically aware of a wide variety of art forms." This is bunk—schools simply need better teachers instructing their students on how to think clearly, not more administrative headaches.

An especially unfortunate requirement of this insidious laundry list is a stipulation of 40 hours of community service.