Skip to comments.High School "Service Hours"
Posted on 05/04/2013 9:54:14 PM PDT by MacMattico
So it seems daughters school is stressing "service hours" (volunteer hours) as the only way to get into a decent college. Daughter has high grades in every class, has a full course load, band, two varsity sports and a couple of clubs. More then I ever did and I went to a respectable institution of higher learning! And... Gasp... May even have to get a job in a year or so when she wants that car she keeps talking about!
But no! Not enough! Now the school demands, and backs it up with college admissions material, that kids must have at least 300 hours of community services by graduation. My daughter has helped in the community but is not interested in the liberal nonsense being demanded. For instance, a group of kids sat out in make shift cardboard box "houses" overnight sneaking in pizza and fooling around and got 8 hours of community service for "learning what it's like to be homeless". Seriously! Daughters Guidance Counselor even said "In this world where colleges are taking an holistic approach at admissions, as a non-minority middle class kid you can't just expect to coast by on your excellent grades and a few sports and clubs." Shouldn't you be helping others because you want to, not because the school system demands we create more liberal community organizers? I feel like they're pushing kids to lie and make up fake service hours!
Oops.. Guess I forgot the “vanity” in the title.
With out saddling them with a pile of debt.
This is far from new, and the problem’s even deeper. Even high school academic and athletic awards depend on “service,” and that service is variously and arbitrarily defined. If you can’t fight it with the local schools and school boards, there’s no way you can fight it with admissions offices. I’d bet the ranch that it’s code for discriminating against home-schoolers and Conservatives. The only good news is that there are some colleges out there that don’t insist on these banalities.
My son’s school requires 40 hours over his 4 years of high school. He helps out with technology at various events, like updating computer displays, running a video camera, etc. He’s already earned over half his required hours and gets to have fun to boot.
I agree that it is ridiculous, but luckily we were able to find him something productive to do, no liberal spin stuff, and it gives him IT experience.
This is a mandate in California high schools. I had my daughter do hers at our church. It is the governments effort to turn everyone into a community organizer or sympathetic to them. I found offensive ten years ago and still do
Totally get it.
My youngest was volunteering at church....
going to the junior college for her junior and senior year
(that does save on college)
7:30- 5 and then 5-6 hours of home work......
It is horrible but for just a season.
What she did was petition the principle and stated her pint that church work WERE volunteer hours.
She sited laws and regulations........
He accepted her petition, which included mission trips.
Mother/father never give up encourage her to push forward.....and if all fails jounior college solves many problems.
(psst out daughter graduated from a private Christian college at 20, because she pushed.......saved us a bunch of mine)
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I haven’t tried to get any kids into college lately, but I’m told, and I’ve read in the Wall St. Journal, that what elite schools REALLY love is if the kid comes up with their OWN service project, plans it, coordinates it, makes it happen, sees it through, writes it up in a nice neat way that can then be submitted to the school (or better yet, post it in a blog, to show other kids how to replicate the same service project, if it really is useful in some way). So instead of kowtowing to their liberal BS ideas of what a service project should be, why can’t she come up with a good conservative project? (Though perhaps she shouldn’t *label* it as Conservative if she doesn’t want their heads to explode! LOL!) Maybe something to help armed services families, or to promote adoption instead of abortion, or ... um, can’t think of any others right now but it’s late and I’m tired. I bet you and your daughter could come up with several more good ideas. Don’t let them stuff your daughter into a pigeonhole! Have her make her own pigeonhole! LOL! :)
I'm just glad I didn't have to mess with that BS back in the 1980s.
Same thing happened at my HS, and it was a prerequisite. But don’t fret as your daughter will be fine. No sane, normal 18 year old takes this liberal crap seriously unless you are a frothing at the mouth Obamaturd. My “community outreach” (that was it was called) was volunteering at the local cop office.
And I didn’t volunteer because it was a cop’s office. It was because there were a lot of hot girls there from the university who also volunteered. ;)
We will go the GED route if any more silly requirements come up, although church work would be OK. No longer looking at higher education even though we have prestigious PhDs in the family and such — we want to be out of the mainstream as much as possible. No need or desire for high income or status. Daughters can continue living frugally as we do now.
can a student get a ged at age 16 and quit school? That would work.
Actually I was really screwed up as a kid. These ‘volunteer’ projects seem to require parental involvement-the reason I was so screwed up. This ‘volunteering’ requirement really stacks the deck. You want to be left alone to succeed on your own terms and they just won’t leave you alone.
There are plenty of good colleges out there that will provide your daughters with additional opportunities in life.
Unless you are Amish( and your computer usage suggests you are not) then depriving them of additional education or training is not a good thing
This happened to my granddaughter when she was about 16. She wanted to quit school. Her mom had a fit and went to talk to the school’s guidance counselor who told her that said daughter was bored. She was told to let my gd take the GED which she did. She made the highest score ever made. She has had some college classes and will go back after her little girl gets older. Do not understand why the schools do not teach at the good students’ level instead of taking everyone down.
Yes, lately she’s been trying to come up with her own plan and create her own way of getting in these service hours. We have an adopted daughter in the family, so that suggestion might be good. Also a relative is a gun collector, teaches the hunters safety course and gun safety. Maybe she can assist him and offer self protection classes! The school administrators would faint!
The issue is “decent school.” Basically either your kid has straight As and is going to get into Harvard or you should not waste your money and time or worry about her getting into a lower level “decent school.” The second tier private schools like Duke for example get you nothing that you won’t get from the best public university in your state.
Good schools are getting tired of receiving applications where it’s clear that the student is playing a numbers game to get so much of this, so much of that, etc, etc.
Now they’re looking for students who really care about something and demonstrate it. They want to know that you have a passion, that you’ve committed the time and energy to pursue it, and that you have some record of achievement.
They’re looking for leaders, not for people who follow a recipe.
High grades and high test scores are the most important thing. Volunteer hours are easy to creatively manufacture from stuff most teenagers already do. School clubs have their ow projects that work to meet these requirements. If our oldest son can manage to accrue volunteer hours, then anyone can. He is NOT college material. He does like to work hard at manual labor though. Girls are less likely to do that. Our daughter’s counselor came up with plenty of volunteer hours for our daughter via tutoring, promoting school language programs, and even working/running the snack bar for another school’s baseball team. Daughter used her skills (languages) to meet her volunteer quota. The snack bar stuff was extra. This worked out well with baseball leagues. Parents hate to work the snack bar.
While I think this volunteerism requirement is stupid, it is easy to do and usually something most teenagers do anyway through church activities and school activities. All the homeschoolers we know have no problem documenting volunteer activities that they do.
The hours are pretty typical for Asian schools. My 11 yo Thai niece has about the same schedule and school is only a 5 minute drive away. Other kids that have to take a school bus get up before dawn.
BTW, I never hear any complaints about the hours from her or her friends.
Well, we like to have family time and not just ship the kids off to school and have them come home and do homework, eat, maybe talk to a friend and go to bed. But that’s basically what it’s become before the community service hours are even added in. If it’s a winter sports night, sometimes she gets home between 10:00 and 11:00 if it’s an away game, and she loves her sports! There are only so many weekends left before college, and between homework, sports and music practice we want to spend time with our daughter. No wonder families aren’t as close these days.
I performed 200 hours of ‘voluntary’ service in high school. Made no difference to the 2 universities I attended. So, why do it?
I spent tie tutoring 1st-2nd grade ‘urban’ youths who said ‘de’ instead of ‘the and worked in a soup kitchen with convicts. I didn’t get anything out of it.
Wait until they are forced*volunteerª at abortion clinics to graduate
Bravo to your daughter and her awesome parents!!!
My guess is if you lived with your niece you would hear the complaints. Trust me, my kids ONLY complained in the privacy of home where they could vent the frustration at what is expected these days.
Childhood comes ONCE, the race to the top these days is far worse than 20-30 years ago.
And to the poster who started this thread, this volunteering is mandatory here in IL. Forcing the top tier kids to seek a project they can spent even more time on is another example of unintended consequences...I’ve watched enough of these kids take a completely different attitude of the ‘needy’ after being forced to participate.
Of course I live with her or I wouldn't have posted that.
So sorry, didn’t pick up that bit of info in your post.
It’s not all bad. I think its turning a lot of kids into conservatives. Don’t let them do the fun stuff, make them work at things like soup kitchens or events where they give free food to people. My friends kid got a good lesson working at a food give away things. He got to see the dregs of humanity shambling in fat fat and fat, being incredibly rude and disrespectful, demanding help bringing food to their car despite being perfectly fit and when a legitimate old lady with a walker is in obvious need, constantly complaining about obviously fake disabilities , taking more stuff than was offered. I asked him what percentage of the people there were in his opinion legitimate needs, and he estimated less than 10%. He came away from all of these things totally disgusted, especially at the lack of manners and sense of entitlement.
40 hours over 4 years? 10 hours a year? That doesn’t seem to be very difficult requirement to meet.
You got nothing out of it?
No lessons learned?
community service hours were required when I went to school many yrs ago
Consider this. College is rapidly becoming a very bad investment. In time and money. Unless she hopes to be an engineer or MBA or something that will pay.
I wonder how they will feel about “volunteering” when they are older. It’s hard to find people interested in service clubs such as the Lions today. These service clubs are dying out in my area.
Kids just might think they did their time and as far as they’re concerned, nothing more is required of them.
Mandated volunteering is just free labor
Children should be able to volunteer for things they support and believe in
And both Dems and GOP support a lot of these EduCommunist programs.... No Child Left Behind...Goals 2000...CommonCore are all bipartisan
Find a college/university that does not push free labor
Could you get involved as a family in something you all enjoy? Food drive or baby-needs drive at your church? Volunteering at an athletic event? Some sort of project in your neighborhood?
my youngest son went to the military base and volunteered to help run the air museum....
Wonder if they’d count helping out around the house.
“Clean your room or no college for you”
“Well, we like to have family time “
Try to find something where you and your daughter can both volunteer. My daughter and I volunteered on a political campaign together. This fit right in with her admissions essay that was also political and supported very conservative views. Not only did she get into a very good school in DC, she received a very healthy university scholarship.
I thought that the slavery thing ended in the 1860’s, yes?
When I was in high school, my community service involved working (a lot) while in high school so that I could afford to go to college (and then, there were no “earned income credits, so these were real taxes). So, does paying taxes to help those “less fortunate” count as “community service” these days? Probably not, I’ll bet.
Perhaps this is an organized distraction to keep the heat off of the glaring problem of teen-age unemployment.
I actually did help out recently at a work-sponsored charity event. Your observation was correct - it is a GREAT way to meet women! Unfortunately, I was not in a position to take advantage of this.
“Its not all bad. I think its turning a lot of kids into conservatives. Dont let them do the fun stuff, make them work at things like soup kitchens or events where they give free food to people. My friends kid got a good lesson working at a food give away things. He got to see the dregs of humanity shambling in fat fat and fat, being incredibly rude and disrespectful, demanding help bringing food to their car despite being perfectly fit and when a legitimate old lady with a walker is in obvious need, constantly complaining about obviously fake disabilities , taking more stuff than was offered. I asked him what percentage of the people there were in his opinion legitimate needs, and he estimated less than 10%. He came away from all of these things totally disgusted, especially at the lack of manners and sense of entitlement.”
Good observation - I never considered this. Ill bet it looked a lot different than the cleaned-up, polished version shown on TV.
Hi, MacMattico! Yes, the SSL is a pain. My son refers to it as “socialist slave labor”... meaning they work and don’t get paid. Our state (MD) requires 75 hours but everyone “knows” that many colleges want more. I do believe 300 is the magic number to aim for (and some get into the 1,000+ range for scholarships). Of course, this would have been relatively easy if she started in middle school. If she didn’t, there should be pre-approved SSL jobs online or via your school. If not, any nursing home usually would adore high school kids to simply interact with the patients. She will have to get a TB test but one of their nurses will do that if you prefer. Weekends may be a great time for her and she can just assume every Saturday can build up hours. Does you school have its own volunteer club? If so, that serves two purposes: they get the SSL and it can be put down on her college application as belonging to a school club.
Do I agree with it? Absolutely not. However, “it is what it is”. Look at it as simply something to check off and be done with. If your daughter is starting late (meaning Junior year of high school), contact her guidance counselor or the person that approves the SSL. Have either a nice telephone call or request a meeting and ask them to guide her to get the 300 hours. Some hours are simple to get.. others are a PIA. Hope this helps.. Mom
we’ve got the same garbage going on at our school, it is a plot to get people used to working for nothing
My kid hated school, but tested high. He attended 4 years but did not graduate (one reason was he had mononucleosis in his junior year and once you have had that you are messed up for about a year). He took the GED without “studying” and passed with flying colors.
You just gave me the idea.............my daughter is going on a ten day mission trip this summer and I am gong to have her submit it to her administration for credit.
“You got nothing out of it? No lessons learned”.
I just had to comment on this... yes, they do get something out of it. They get a taste of socialism and I will explain why. When my son (and now daughter) first started to volunteer, they quickly realized that the goal of the school vs what they learned were two different things. The goal is to “help” people, clean up a pond, serve food at a homeless shelter etc.. What they learned was that their time was being mandated to work (with no pay or benefits) to support a non profit organization that the schools okayed. For example, no volunteer hours are permitted for church activities unless it is a soup kitchen that feeds everyone. They learned that since they were non-paid volunteers, they were sometimes asked to do “yucky” things because the paid workers didn’t want to do it. So...yes... they did learn something. They learned that forced labor in the name of “volunteer” work is nothing more than symbolism over substance. If you think that is a bit harsh... think like this> let’s say the government mandated that you volunteered at the same type activities. The list is restricted... no church activities and only not for profit companies. Now, if you don’t do it.. something won’t be granted to you (i.e. your high school degree). From what I hear from a huge group of middle schoolers and high schoolers... they hate the idea.
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Just label it a "women's self protection class" and the school will have to accept it. Ha!