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What if joining the Peace/Ameri Corps was mandatory in public schools in the United States following graduation of high school?

Joining the Peace/Ameri Corps is not only a form of charity, but an educating experience in itself; one that is beyond something that can be taught in books or anything teachable in a classroom. The lessons and knowledge gained through the volunteer programs help provide and educate a new prospective to other cultures and ideologies in the world. What if it were mandatory to join one of these volunteer programs (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) for a certain amount of time upon graduating high school? What would be the benefits/drawbacks? Could this ultimately effect the skewed public educational system in the United States and the non-progressive standard path taken by high school graduates?

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  • Jul 4 2013: Hi Tyler,

    I think mandatory service is an awesome idea. I think limiting the service opportunity is the biggest drawback. I think the mandatory service should address local communities as well. I think the students should be offered a wide range of possible service opportunities that will enable them to focus on not only the service they give but engage them in an activity that will feed into their personal future goals.

    Jen

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