Some people believe that some unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes. (e.g. working in a charity, improving the relationship of neighborhood or teaching sports to children). To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Participating in volunteer community services is common in most universities in western countries as optional courses. However, some people think this activity should be promoted early for children from teenage and listed into the compulsory curriculums in secondary education program. From my perspective, I do not agree with this suggestion and will prove it based on my knowledge and experience.
It is very difficult for secondary schools to arrange proper projects for young student as students at an early age cannot be competent in most volunteer works. For example, teaching children in the community on physical , raining and holding activities to give out tilings to needy and homeless are very generic community services which depend much on good communication skills with children, basic teaching skills and efficient organizing abilities of volunteers. However, teenage students are not mature enough who is still in the stage of being helped and educated. Therefore, rather than gaining valuable experiences or being taught something vital from volunteer works, young students could give little help the community and waste time due to the unqualified and inefficiency working competence.
In addition, volunteer works might not be beneficial if it becomes compulsory. Unpaid community services such as cleaning trash on the highway or cleaning up local charities could contribute to the conceptual development of volunteers as to be with compassion and optimistic attitudes, However, once it becomes obligatory which means students are forced to work for the public for free otherwise they cannot be graduate in the end. This mandatory policy bores the students who might deal with the works mechanically without any initiative and enthusiasm. Consequently, students involved in community works are wasting time which could help nothing to both themselves and employers at all.
In conclusion, even though unpaid social services could help needy while benefit giver, students at teenage seems too young to those works as the age limit is one of the working requirements of most community activities. Furthermore, schools should not accept volunteer experiences as one of the obligatory conditions of graduation since it ruins the essence of volunteering.