Cassandra OmorodionAP English IIIMr. Sirls13 December 2017Mandatory Community Service It is evident that community service is a respectable act in which many people participate. It shows selflessness and self-sacrifice. Whether or not making it an obligatory duty is another story. It seems as if many high schools are starting to make community service a requirement for the students. A multitude of schools feel as if it should be a part of their academic curriculum. However, it is supposed to be a voluntary action. Being a part of a collective is an effort that only a person can make at their own will. Schools can force their students into service work, but that does not mean they are actually a part of the community. High schools should not require an activity that should be based on the willingness of the servant; instead, such institutions should encourage and model servitude. This will create optimal character building. When we volunteer for community service, we are doing something to go out of our way to help out in our neighborhoods. Places of education value not only grades and scores, but also service and character. This is a reason why high schools have started to enforce their students to participate in these activities. However, most times these actions are achieved because of the abundance of applications in relation to schooling, particularly colleges and universities. The most prestigious of these associations will be looking for the effort that is shown outside of the classroom. According to Dennis Chaptman’s Resume Padding, it is told that there is “extraordinary pressure put on young people to achieve a college education.” This can include service activities that give students something to fall back on other than their grades. There is also this notion that adolescents don’t like to be told what to do. When you force young people to perform these kinds of tasks, you will find those who complete them with little effort, if any at all. This kind of attitude is apparent especially in Graph 1 from Youth attitudes toward Civic Education and Community Service Requirements by Mark Hugo Lopez. The percentage for the unfavorable attitudes toward requiring community service for ages 15-17 is 66%. This percentage only decreased by 13% in the 18-20 age range. However, when it comes to ages 23-25, there is a 49% favorable rate. It is odd that the rate is going up for adults who are not performing these activities themselves to see it as favorable.It is simply an overstepping of boundaries on the school’s part. Schools shouldn’t have control over what students do outside of school, and the same students will agree with that. Instead of requiring this kind of service from youths, The Effects of “Mandatory Volunteerism” from Arthur Stukas and others suggest that “institutions should design these programs to contain an element of free choice and to offer programs that allow students to choose the type of volunteer activity they will engage in or allow them to combine personal interests and skills with their community service requirements.” This is exactly the kind of reasoning that needs to be seen in educational establishments.There can be more encouraging and opportunities given to students, rather than necessitate their need for community service, It also brings a more personal aspect when they get to incorporate their own interests into their community ventures.Hence, community service should not be mandatory in order to receive a diploma. It is thought of as a model society’s dignified conception, but it is actually a noble concept trying to urge an ideal society. From this perspective, it is safe to say that it is self-contradictory. Mandatory community service will cause students to do careless service and turn into getting necessary hours rather than to actually help the community.. The point is flawed; forced volunteering is a hypocritical theory. Community service should not be required to receive a high school diploma.