Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Suck it up, Kids

There is a rambling diatribe blasting Marianas High School principal Craig Garrison in yesterday's Marianas Variety. This part made me roll my eyes:
The Marianas High School senior students are also faced with the possibility that several of them may not be allowed to participate in this year’s MHS school graduation because they may fall short of his 40 minimum required hours of what he calls Service Learning program. Several of my senior students do not want to comply and have decided to boycott the program knowing very well that they may not be able to meet the requirements and will not be allowed to partake in the graduation ceremony.
I think the point of the Service Learning program is to teach these kids some civic responsibility. Obviously the lesson has not been learned. Let them sit out the graduation ceremony.

1 comment:

Kate said...

When my kids (not in Marianas) started volunteering, the co-ordinator asked if the had the forms they needed for their school. There are no forms. The school does not require the kids to volunteer, I required the kids to volunteer.

No surprise to me, they volunteered to volunteer a great deal more WITHOUT my prompting.

I agree, kids should learn civic responsibility, and in most cases they aren't learning it at home (where they should be learning it) I'm not sure it should be up to the school to teach that lesson, and how far the school should take on certain social tasks. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing kids get credit for volunteer work, especially work that would (a) develop jobs skills and (b) benefit the community.