Mandatory volunteerism is now optional in Baltimore public schools, writes Dave Greene at BaltoNorth. He calls it “oxymoron squared.”
If a student at Ridgely Middle School reads his report card carefully, he might well ask, “why do the Service Learning hours on my report card go up every semester even though I haven’t done any community service work yet?”
The answer: Over the past decade or so, Service Learning has slowly become “infused” in the curriculum. Students get community service credits just for going to class! They don’t have to leave the school or do any extra work!
Maryland mandated student service in 1992. It’s taught cynicism, Greene concludes.
Update: Greene responds to comments on this blog.