Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cheating in school Economics

          Although cheating isn’t morally right, some students still take the easy way out. While some kids cheat more than others, it’s a matter of how punishment should be conducted for different types of offenders. Some say re-peat offenders should be punished more severely. According to (www.debate.org), academic cheating is not only dishonest, but indigenous. They also say expulsion should definitely happen with repeat offenders.
          On the other side of cheating, some people think we should give kids a break and just let them learn their lesson on cheating. Another article from (www.debate.org) explains that kids need to be aware that it’s not fair to take credit for others work. So maybe kids don’t need to be punished harder they just maybe need to be taught more educate. Kids should be aware that morally you should always do the right thing and cheating is not right.
          My opinion is that although cheating is bad I don’t think there isabel whole lot more you can do to be stricter with cheating punishments without getting out of line. I think a suspension is a little over done in terms of punishment for cheating. In my opinion the correct punishment for cheating should be a zero on what you were cheating on, no more no less. In conclusion cheating is an issue that needs to be dealt with and in my opinion it should just result in a loss of a grade.

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher?

Cheating is schools is a common thing that happens every day by kids of all sorts. Some people say that we need to have harsher punishments for students who are caught cheating. A lot of the time the punishment for cheating is simply a zero grade on the assignment/test. Most schools follow this suit with harsher punishments the more you are caught cheating. According to www.washingtonpost.com many private schools simply don't tolerate cheating at all and a student may be punished by expulsion or another form of harsh punishment. Representatives from schools that have these harsher punishments claim that the amount of cheating is very minimized due to the risk that comes with cheating.

On the other hand other sources say that using a more rehabilitative approach to cheating has been more successful in stopping cheaters from cheating again. Sometimes people take advantage of the slap on the wrist punishments and decide to cheat whenever they can. From the same source as above some people think that the rehabilitating process is more efficient than simply increasing the risk of cheating. They believe that when a student is caught cheating the shame of the zero and being caught is enough to prevent cheating in the future.

I personally believe that we should keep a light punishment for the start but as soon as a pattern of cheating occurs the types of punishments should be severely heightened. For example maybe the first time simply giving a zero, having a meeting with the parents of the student, and new guidelines to stop that student from cheating again would be a good way to deal with a first time offender. Second time offenders could receive a zero and possible in school suspension and another meeting with parents.

1) In paragraph one, evaluate at least one argument in favor of harsher punishments for cheating in school.  You must include at least one outside source, using in-text citation (author, website, date).

2)  In paragraph two, evaluate at least one argument against harsher punishments for cheating in school.  You must include at least one outside source, using in-text citation (author, website, date).

3) In paragraph three, justify your position on harsher punishments for cheating in school.

Cheating in school

Harsher punishments will stop students because they are afraid of the faculty of the school. The faculty could be firm in their rule of expulsion after multiple attempts of cheating. It would significantly cut down the cheating in school.
I think school asks for a lot of their student given some student’s situations. Some students have a job that requires a lot of hours and some students have to help take care of their families. Harsher punishments would not help. It would just put more stress on students and make things worse.

I think the problem lies is the ignorance the teachers have of their student’s lives. If the teachers are aware of a students homelife, they can work with the student to help them be successful all around.

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Students cheat because they feel the need to get good grades. The problem is that the amount of cheating is rising(ABCNEWS). Students feel the need to cheat as they don't feel confident in their abilities. This will lead to students cheating in real life. In order to stop these students need to be punished.

Cheating should be a learning opportunity. Students should not be punished as that makes them want to cheat more in order to get a perfect grade. The cheating is a sign the student does not understand the material.(ABCNEWS) Students who do not understand the material need to help so that they can succeed in the classroom.



In most cases for cheating, I think we should have a 3 strike system. For the first case scenario with a normal grading problem, I think people should get a warning. If someone cheats again they get a 0 and suspended if they cheat a third time. However, if you cheated on a grading system were your grade affects other students such as a bell curve you should get an automatic 0 and suspension. It is important to keep students honest in their work.

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Should we has a softer punishment for cheating? Some believe that we should. "some students complained that the code was enforced too strictly and cases that fell into a grey area were suspended"(Adam Clark). Students of Princeton University want a softer punishment. If you were caught cheating you could get a one year suspension. Even if your case fell into an area you were most likely suspended. Some people don't believe that. Some think that cheating is taking something that isn't theirs. Some may say that cheating isn't that important so we should have a softer punishment.

While some believe that we need softer punishment others believe that we don't. "But I do know that the number of suspensions in a typical year is very small, a single-digit figure,"(Adam Clark). Some believe that if we change the punishment there could be an increase of cheating. But if we keep the punishment the same or make it more harsher it will decrease. With the quote we can see that if they keep the same punishment they will still be able to have a small amount of suspensions. Some may say that the reason that we only have a small amount of suspensions is because nobody is getting caught. But some believe that that's not true. It's small because people just don't want to risk getting in trouble. 

I believe that we don't need to to have a harsher punishment if its just cheating on like homework. But if there cheating on homework they should get a more severe punishment then just cheating on homework. I believe you should get a more severe punishment for cheating on a test because some test is based on your knowledge. Plus some teachers will let you retake the test. Homework isn't as important because sometimes it's not even worth points like in math class. But you should still get a punishment just because if you think you can get away with cheating on just homework then you might think you can get away with cheating on a test. 
Harsher punishments for cheating. A lot of people today get laid off when they are caught cheating. This raises the question, should we have harsher punishments for cheaters? "At the University of Maryland-College Park, for example, students caught cheating must attend a seven-week ethics seminar. "We're not trying to mar someone's life, but we are saying, 'You're going to have to think about this behavior and what danger it poses to you and the larger society,'" says Gary Pavela, director of judicial programs and--a recent addendum--student ethical development. " ( Carolyn Kleiner and Mary Lord, sks.sirs.com ). Cheating is wrong. You are stealing someone else's work. Most of schools around the country have punishments like getting an automatic F or suspension from school. These punishments do work but they are not effective. With technology getting better, it is becoming easier for students to cheat.  

"Crib sheets and copying answers are nothing new, of course.........Academic fraud has never been easier. Students can tamper electronically with grade records, transmit quiz answers via pager or cell phone, and lift term papers from hundreds of Web sites. At the same time, an overload of homework combined with intense pressure to excel in school, from hard-driving peers and parents, makes cheating easy to justify--and hard to resist. "(  Carolyn Kleiner and Mary Lord, sks.sirs.com)

I believe that cheating is over rated in high school and college. We should not have punishments for cheaters. It is wrong to copy someone else work but when someone does, it does not really benefit them in the end.  The cheater will probably get a good grade but he/she will not learn anything. The knowledge your are supposed to learn is way more important than a grade. In today's society, that's really not the case. 

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Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher?

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher? Punishments in school could be harsher due to the amount of kids that do do it. According to Stanford University "between 75 to 90 percent of college students admitted to cheating in high school". This shows that more students cheat in high school. This needs to lead to a increase in harsher punishment. Although some may argue that they need to teach class better, kids have a choice to get taught or not.

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher? Punishments in school should not be harsher because of the amount of pressure that we already face. According to New York University "nearly 49% of all students reported feeling a great deal of stress daily" This shows that students feel a lot of stress because of stuff that actually go on in their lives. Although some may argue that if they really want to succeed they will push through, they need to consider the amount of stress they actually go through.

I believe that kids punishment for cheating should not be harsher due to the fact that kids already are stressed enough as it is. Kids are doing good in school let alone college. According to New York Times "65.9 percent of students go on to college". This shows that kids are doing as good as they can.

Should cheating in School be punished more?

There are many reasons and people that support harsher punishments for children who cheat. " Teachers need to be able to set boundaries" (chicagonews.com, Tracy Stanciel, 1/29/13). I agree with this source. Teachers who catch kids cheating should be able to punish the kid and get to choose the punishment that applies based on how important the cheating was.

Some people, but fewer see a reason to not punish kids for cheating. " Use the time of cheating as a teachable moment" ( verywellfamily.com, Amy Morin, 2/6/18). This is also a very good way to look at it. Yes cheating is not right but at the same time everyone has to learn their lesson at some point. If it becomes a habit they would probably agree it needs a harsher punishment.

I agree with both sides of this topic. I like the way they thought about using it as a teachable moment. Cheating is something everyone does at some point whether you think you did or not. I also think that if the kid does it a lot they do need harsher punishments that would make them stop. I think teachers should get to choose the punishment just like the 1st paragraph said.

Should punishments for cheating in schools be harsher?

Cheating in schools is a phenomenon that's on the rise. The amount of students cheating in schools has skyrocketed the last 10 years. Creating a larger punishment would help decrease the amount done. "The Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics surveyed 43,000 high school students in public and private schools and found that 59% of high school students admitted cheating on a test during the last year. 34% self-reported doing it more than two times." (Plagiarism.org, Plagurism.org, 2017). This is a huge amount of a population to be cheating, and so punishments would help decrease it. 

       On the other hand stricter punishments for victimless crimes is absurd. A lot of high school cheating comes from assignments that are busy work, or work just assigned to say you have work. "homework overload is compromising our parenting choices, jeopardizing our children's health, and robbing us of precious family time" (Washington post, Kohn, 2006). The amount destroyed personal time as a kid, and can hinder development, and since schools keep giving more and more homework, mostly busy work, cheating was a quicker and is a quicker way to get the swamp of assignments cleared.

I believe punishments for cheating IN SCHOOL should remain the same, resulting in a 0 on the assignment/test. If not then you should release the amount of work load.

Harsher punishment for cheating

Those who agree that punishment for cheating in school should be harsher didn’t always have an idea of how to make it harsher. What people know is, is that the amounts of students that cheat today is a staggering number, and the protocol for cheating obviously is not working and something needs to be done. One way to do this would be to instill corporal punishment when students are caught cheating. By doing this it will not only correct the wrong doing, but also deter the mistake from happening again (N/A, 7/28/15, nyln.org). While some may say that corporal punishment is unnecessary, obviously what schools are doing now is not working, so implementing this may fix the problem.

Those who disagree believe that the only person that is getting hurt from the cheating is the person who is doing it, so there is no need for corporal punishment. Also students are going to cheat no matter what, so if corporal punishment is allowed nothing good will come from it only harm. Cheating is getting worse each year and students are getting more and more creative on how to do it (Sizemore,2/29/16,centraldigest). In the end it comes down to the student. For some, no punishment will stop them from finding a way to cheat because the want to get good grades the easy way. Some may say if you implement corporal punishment it will make the situation better, but at the end of the day kids are still going to cheat and they are only hurting themselves.

I believe that punishment should be harsher in schools, but I don’t believe that corporal punishment is the way to go. I think that first off more teachers should walk around while kids are taking test, because too many times teachers just sit at their desk making it very easy for students to cheat. I then think if students are caught cheating it should be placed on their high school transcript, labeling them as a cheater. Also depending on how many times the student has been caught cheating a punishment could be a day or two of in school suspension. I know that some people say that the only person who gets hurt when they cheat is the person themselves; however, it is very irritating to some students who study really hard for a test, yet get a lower score than the person that put no work into studying. Cheating is also just morally incorrect and so letting students get away with it sets a bad example.

Should punishments in school be harsh?

                       
                     
https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/harvard-forces-students-get-jobs-punishment-cheating/318765/

            Students across America cheat for alot of different reason, and it is ultimately up to the school board, and their parents if they are under 18 to determine if they will be punished. Who gets to say what kind of punishment is fair is the ultimate question in this situation. At Harvard they made their students who cheated on the test obtain and hold a job for 6 months, and made them sit out a whole semester."A forced break that can be absolved after the ousted undergrads hold" A full time, paid, non academic job in a non family situation for at least half a year".( TheAtlantic.com 2018)



          Some of the cheaters, and parents believe that some of the punishments may be a little to harsh. In an article some say the consequences should be as simple as a parent teacher conference." The student Should be required to talk to her teacher about what she did".(Noodle.com 2015).



                In my opinion the level of cheating should be equal to the level of punishment. a student who cheats on a small test should not be expelled from school especially if it is their first offense. But as the student gets older towards their college years they should have to deal with that , but not young children.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Economics of Cheating Del Vecchio

Cheating remains a prevailing problem in classrooms across the country. However, the public remains divided on how best to address this pressing issue. One argument is that students must be punished harder when caught cheating. This argument is supported by Jay Matthews of the Washington Post who writes in 2001 that when a student council president at Walt Whitman High School was caught cheating on his final exam, he was only given a zero on the test, remained in the class, and remained president of student council. This slap on the wrist for confirmed cheating on a final exam outraged the community and led to other students asking why they bothered studying if the worst that could happen to them is a zero on the test. Light punishments set a precedent, and discourage hard work when the consequences of cheating are minimal. If the punishment is too light, students making the choice between studying hard for an upcoming test or risk getting caught cheating would be more incentivized to cheat.
However, opponents of harsher punishments argue that the harms of cheating are mostly intrinsic and harm no one but the student who is doing the cheating. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes in 2018 that the effects of cheating in college can stretch beyond the test or even the course itself. The article reports that if students are caught cheating in college, the stain can follow them for the rest of their academic career and beyond. A permanent mark on your academic reputation can have major consequences for students looking to get into graduate school, do research with professors, or get work in academia. This raises the question, if the punishment for cheating is already so high, why do students continue to do it? In the end, the problem is not that students are not scared of the punishment for cheating, but that students simply do not believe that they will be caught. If a student does not believe that they will be caught cheating, then it does not matter what the punishment is. If I have driven down a clear stretch of road my entire life and never seen a cop car anywhere near it, then even if the fine for speeding is $1000, I am still going to speed down that road because I do not believe I will be caught.
In the end, I think that the best way to address the problem of cheating is to increase the visibility of students caught cheating. For instance, if a student is caught cheating on a final exam, that student should be labeled a cheater on their academic transcript, or in some other way have that label be made visible to prospective colleges and employers. Firstly, this emphasizes that the issue is not the act of cheating itself, but the mindset of being someone willing to cheat. Furthermore, this would primary be targeted at high achieving students, as the possibility of having this stain the rest of their academic career would be a major deterrent. Obviously, this would have to be used sparingly and only instances of cheating on import tests, like finals. In addition, there should always be a way for students who have been caught cheating in the past to prove that they deserve to have the label removed.

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher?

People should be punished harshly for cheating in school. "It's not only dishonest and disingenuous, it's also not fair to the other students who have worked hard and did not cheat" (Debate.org, 2018). People should be harshly punished especially if they are repeat offenders. If they continue to cheat they should face expulsion.

The students that cheat shouldn't be punished heavily. Even in most schools k-12 the punishment doesn't really get that bad. "In general consequences may include, being sent to the principal or detention, a written reprimand on your record, a failing grade or a zero on the assignment or test, a failing grade in the entire course, loss of privileges like participation in school sports, and suspension" (E.A Gjelten, Lawyers .com, 2018).  Some say that those punishments are harsh enough, and others say there should be harsher. But if students still cheat when they face suspension and a mark on their permanent record, or failing the class and they still cheat, what's going to stop them from cheating facing the possibility of expulsion?

I believe that there shouldn't be any harsher punishment for cheating. For a lot of people the risk of failing is enough to make them not cheat. For those who do cheat, they deserve a zero the first time. If it continues they should get a zero and have detention. But I don't think that they should have to face suspension or expulsion. What is that going to do other than take away from their learning by making them miss a few days for suspension, or make it hard for that student to get a second chance to pursue their education by expulsion. That is why I think the punishment we have now for cheating is good enough.

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An advantage of using corporal punishment for cheating is understanding the consequences of cheating when your younger. As expressed in this article, “a person who is ill-behaved and ill-disciplined is not accepted by society very well which also bears the pain for suffers so why not deal with some amount of pain to avoid pain in the future” (TargetStudy.com, 2013). When kids develop a bad habit like cheating it can carry on with them all the way to the workforce. If people are caught cheating in the workforce then consequences can be much harsher than just getting paddled. You could lose your job and become untrusted in society. Now, some people say that it’s a teen’s choice if they want to cheat and not be able to succeed outside of the workplace, but it’s also the school’s job to help kids. They shouldn’t go out into the world with bad habits that went unchecked when teens were developing.

One disadvantage to corporal punishment being used for cheating is that it may put fear into kids instead of discipline. According to this article, “If you beat a child up, he can only fear you, not respect you” (TargetStudy.com, 2013). To earn respect from people, it is crucial that you give respect as well. You wouldn’t want to sit in a classroom with someone that had physically hurt you if you still bear the marks of pain. Now some people say that capital punishment isn’t beating a child up, jest some light spanking. But, whatever kind of hitting that is done to a child is still painful, and pain can be a motivator to turn on teachers more than to listen to them.

I, personally, believe that we shouldn’t have harsher punishments for cheating, such as corporal punishment. There have been rules established by school systems that have worked before, but if children are still cheating, then maybe teachers aren't doing enough themselves. The negatives of harsher punishments, like leaving mental scars from the people they trust beating them, far outweigh the positives that would come from them. If teens want to not follow rules, then they are only hurting themselves by not preparing for the future. Teachers can only do so much to break bad habits, but if kids aren't applying themselves to be better, then its their own fault. Beating kids into submission isn’t the proper way to do things.    

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher?

1. Harsher punishments in schools would allow children to have better morals than children who were not punished by way of harsher methods such as "spanking". Spanking or other methods of corporal punishment help to form a more moral, accepted child in society. "Guarendi found that 70% of the parents of “outstanding” (self-motivated, strong character, considerate of others, and high morality) students employed some physical punishment in the rearing of their children" (Guarendi, goodparent.org, 2018). This demonstrates that the 70% of parents of "outstanding" kids used corporal punishment to help force these kids to make good decisions.

2. Harsher punishments do not work and are only raising tensions between students and teachers in today's school systems. Corporal punishment is also causing children to become more prone to criminal activity. "Meta-analyses of hundreds of studies document that physical punishment is associated with: verbal and physical aggression; delinquent, antisocial, and criminal behavior; poorer quality of parent-child relationships; impaired mental health; and later abuse of one’s own spouse and children" (Holinger, psychologytoday.com, 2014). If this corporal punishment is only harming the students in the long-run as opposed to helping them then it is a risk that teachers should not be taking.

3. I believe that corporal punishment should be banned in the remaining 20 states that allow it. There are other methods of punishment such as a call home, failing the assignment, getting talked to by the teacher privately, etc. As the research has shown corporal punishment of any sort upon students negatively impacts their future a great amount. If schools continue to allow various corporal punishments, the statement they are making is that the students' academic lives now are more important than their lives in the future.

Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher?

When making the punishment for cheating harsher, students will learn how to behave better and be more responsible. "Corporal punishment is simple and direct, and almost impossible to misinterpret." (Brett, www.enotes.com, 2010) Because the punishment is harsher, more students would be afraid, and fear can help condition student's behaviors. Also, physical pain is straightforward and it makes the point more clearly than any other form of punishment. In making the punishment for cheating harsher, students will most likely avoid taking part in criminal behaviors. 

When making the punishment for cheating harsher, like hitting them, it will make students more aggressive, develop development issues, and develop behavioral problems. "Actions by parents such as yelling at, swearing at, putting down, or calling teens names leads to greater amounts of anger and depression, leading to higher rates of vandalism and other forms of misconduct." (Slayers, www.theodysseyonline.com, 2016) Harsh punishment can negatively affect student's cognitive skills caused by the increase aggression. Also, students who were often yelled or spanked at often acquire low self-control as they get older, which can lead to misdemeanors. 

In my opinion, the punishment for cheating should stay the same because a harsher punishment can lead to multiple consequences: aggressive behavior, development issues, behavioral problems, and even depression. Yelling and spanking students will just make them more aggressive, which can lead to a higher rate of misdemeanors. Harsh punishment could also lead to lower self-control and even depression. Not only will the student's behavior worsen, but their cognitive skills will also be affected. Punishing students for their behavior should be ideal and not harsh. 

Cheating In School- Durkin

Should punishments for cheating in school be greater? We first need to find out the punishments for cheating as is. Every school has it's own policy wither it is a college or a public school. In public K-12 schools, state laws and regulations set the basic rules, while local district policies fill in the details.( E.A. Gjelten, lawyers.com, 2018) What usually happens when you cheat, depending on who else was involved, you can get suspended, given an F grade for whatever you cheated on, or going to the principals office. Since people still obviously cheat, we should expel people who are caught cheating or keep the punishments the same.

Should students be punished for cheating in school? Cheating is considered a bad thing most of the time depending on circumstances. In a situation where you could get killed if you didn't cheat it would be not only necessary but something that would be supported. School can be seen in the same way, students are put in a school against their will and subject to study something that doesn't even interest them. Therefore cheating is an act of resistance, and resistance against oppressive powers should be encouraged and celebrated, rather than deemed a "bad habit" or an unethical act. ( Cevin Soling, wird.com, 2015) So maybe we shouldn't punish students who cheat or at least not punish them as harshly. 

Should punishments for cheating in school be greater? I believe not, in fact I believe that punishments for students cheating in school should be lessened to just a detention or slap on the wrist. The reason being I know a lot of students who wouldn't put in the effort to even cheat to please their parents or just to have good grades. So I think if a student cares enough about school to try and cheat then they shouldn't be penalized as bad a student who doesn't even care enough to do their work or try at all in school.

Should there be harsher punishments for cheating?

There are strong cases for the increase in punishments for those who cheat in school, one being that teachers should have the ability and right to punish the student, as opposed to the administration expelling/suspending the cheater. In an article published by ChicagoNow, this is exactly what was suggested. There claim is that, because of the fact that teachers are basically forced to punish the entire class when one student misbehaves (as to not single out an individual student), it impacts the entire class negatively and teaches students that they can misbehave because other people will share the punishment with them, effectively erasing the impact of it. This article states that the entire point of punishment is to be isolated and forced to acknowledge what they have done and why it is wrong. The author also makes a good point about how the decline in punishment from back when she went to school is harming rather than helping students. She compares the old way of an in-class time out in front of everyone with the new aged "silent lunch". She states that silent lunch "is actually better than getting a time out because you can eat instead of just sitting by yourself quietly" (Stancel, ChicagoNow.com, 1/29/13). Punishment should not have an upside to the child, according to the author.

Likewise, there are also good arguments against the increase in harshness. The author starts about how the ramifications of cheating in college are life breaking; they are absolutely much too harsh as to go and expel a student after a single incident, completely ruining their future. The author goes into a story about how he once had a close friend who put off a college midterm project until the last minute and had to fill in some details that were seen as "copying others' work". She was caught, and was immediately expelled (as it was school policy) even though she had no other infractions and could explain herself. She was forced to stay home for a year, and when she applied for other colleges, she was denied entry into every single one of them. She developed chronic depression, and when she had started applying for jobs, many employers refused to hire her, due to her incomplete degree. The school's policy of automatic expulsion ruined that girl's entire life; for the rest of her life, and as the author states, "Administrations of colleges have to treat students fairly, and should punish them, not expel them" (Hammadi, LinkedIn, 10/12/15).

I believe a combination of both of these positions is correct. While yes, we should definitely make punishment an actual "punishment" again, we cannot ruin people's lives for one slip up; one corner cut. As Teddy Roosevelt would have said to this: The bad tread light and the good get hit with a big stick. Punish individually. Punish, and don't forget them

The Economics of “Cheating in School” Response

Stealing the intellectual property of another student in high school has long term consequences. Most educational institutions have “academic integrity committees” who monitor students. Many schools just suspend students for their first offense with the possibility of expulsion for further offenses. (iThenticate, 2018) These offenses have the ability to injure the students reputation and will be accounted for by colleges and universities.

The notion of exacting corporal punishment amongst children K-12 is becoming more taboo. There have been several arguments made against the use of corporal punishment, stating that it is a “gross violation of a child’s rights of human dignity and physical integrity.” It also presents the idea that the semantics behind child psychology is no longer of consequence when they have lost the trust of the instructor to have respect for the property of others, intellectual or otherwise. (OpinionFront, 2018)

I believe that there is cause for punishment for the theft of intellectual property. Semantics do matter, whether it be plagiarizing a paper or cheating on a test, there is a proper way to evaluate the level of the offense and administer a punishment to fit it. There is an extreme left and right, but it all filters out to the issue of what is considered more offensive, and what can be done to incentivize people to not do so. I do not agree with corporal punishment or any form of physical harm being threatened in the event that a student disobeys their superior.

Cheating in school is a major issue in today's schools. Having harsher punishments in school would provide a greater risk which students would be less willing to take. In an article by usnews.com 40, high school students didn't graduate because they got caught cheating. Raising the punishment for cheating is like raising the price of a speeding ticket fewer people will speed.

If you want to get into a good college nowadays you need good grades. Students have life hard enough and think if my friend is dumber than me with better grades by cheating then it's unfair to me so ill cheat too. In an article by usnews.com, 200 students in one school admitted to cheating.  Students cheat to make the playing field even since other students cheat, but if school cracked down on cheating the problem could be resolved.

having a harsher punishment for cheating is what schools need. Cheating outside of high school is theft which has its punishment, but if students think "I got away with it in the past why can't I get away with it now?"

Friday, April 13, 2018

ASSIGNMENT: Should punishments for cheating in school be harsher? (due Tues, April 17 at 11:10 am)


The Economics of 'Cheating in School':

1) In paragraph one, evaluate at least one argument in favor of harsher punishments for cheating in school.  You must include at least one outside source, using in-text citation (author, website, date).

2)  In paragraph two, evaluate at least one argument against harsher punishments for cheating in school.  You must include at least one outside source, using in-text citation (author, website, date).

3) In paragraph three, justify your position on harsher punishments for cheating in school.

The due date is 4/17/18 at 11:10 am.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mandatory Service Hours Del Vecchio

"Mandatory Volunteerism" may seem like a contradiction of terms, but that idea is currently up for debate in schools across the country. Proponents of the idea claim firstly that requiring some service hours leads to those students becoming more involved in volunteerism outside of school and their requirements. This idea is supported anecdotally in by Stewart Ain of the New York Times, who writes in 2003 that New York schools that adopted mandatory volunteer hours reported rates of volunteerism much higher than what is required. Another compelling argument is that in public schools, the student's education is payed for by taxes from the community, so requiring these students to give back to that community is an effective and immediate return on investment for taxpayers in the community.
However, opponents of the idea also present a strong case. Firstly, opponents have raised the point that forcing students to volunteer goes against the very spirit of volunteerism and community service. By forcing students to volunteer, they begin to see community service as at best an obligation, and at worst forced labor. A 1990 New York Times article even report that schools have been sued in the past for requiring volunteer hours, stating that requiring unpaid labor is unconstitutional. Moreover, schools in poorer neighborhoods have raised the issue that forcing poor students to spend time doing unpaid labor takes time away from those students when they could otherwise be working and raising money for themselves and their families.
Personally, I find the most compelling argument to be against mandatory hours. While it may seem like an effective way to give back to the community, as someone who has to complete mandatory service hours for NHS, the result of this obligation is to view service hours as a burden rather than an opportunity. Furthermore, while mandatory service may seem like only a minor inconvenience for middle class district, forcing poor students to spend time away from their jobs with the threat to prevent them from graduating seems like a bad idea from every perspective. However, schools should provide incentives for community service, as any sort of recognition for their work will increase the likelihood of students participating in volunteerism, which could lead to them finding a genuine interest in it much more effectively than forced participation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Service hours

 Emily Fried is an 18 year old girl about to graduate high school at Roslyn High School. One of her requirements to graduate is to have 40 or more community service hours. This however, is not a hard task for Emily because she has over 350 service hours. She believes that the only reason she did the service hours to begin with was just to graduate but she instantly fell in love with the idea of helping others and she says most teens will not do service hours without being forced to so she believes the schools should force teens to do community service.

 Roger Aaron’s from Washington says teens today already have too much going on in their lives. teens today are struggling with school, going to work and playing sports and doing all that is hard especially when trying to graduate on time. He thinks that community service is not significant in furthering someone’s future.


  I personally think that for a class before you graduate you work on you’re service hours. I believe that service hours are important, but I feel the school should give you the time to do it during the school day. After completing the course you don’t have to have a certain amount of hours and you can still work, or be an athlete.




Noah Hassig

Mandatory Service Hours

Mandatory service hours would be helpful because it would allow people to have a greater impact in their community. Their community is was allows them to grow and develop. As you get older it would be nice to give back to your community and help others grow and develop. Along with mandatory service hours it would allow others to maybe see themselves somewhere else in life potentially.

Mandatory service hours wouldn't be helpful because people who don't have the time to help will be greatly effected. This does not seem plausible because of how many people do other stuff like work and sports. It doesn't seem that effective for the amount of time being put in and would seem to damage a lot of people's diplomas.

I believe it wouldn't be a good idea because it would effect a lot people and i wouldn't have the time to be able to put effort towards this cause. People wouldn't want to do it let alone be able to do it.

Service Hours

You may believe that school hours are a bad thing or something good. "I have continued doing it because I realize how important it is to help others." With this we can see that as they volunteer to get the hours some may say that they learn new things. In this case they have learned how important it is to help others. They also could then volunteer more than they need to just because they like it and they want to help others. Not to just do it because they have to but because they want to.

Some believe that having required service hours for school is a good thing. Some people believe that when we have service hours we are able to install a feeling of wanting to volunteer and that when we are required to volunteer that later on we will volunteer with out being required. But some say other wise. "No longer doing any service by their senior year of High School." 8th graders in Maryland were required to have a certain number of service hours. Later on those same students were not doing any more service hours. This shows that when we have required service hours we are more likely to lose the potential of volunteering with out it being required. 

I think that yes volunteering is a good thing. Even though its good doesn't mean that it will be more effective in having people volunteer more as they grow up. I think that we should just have 5 hours be the required service hours. I think this because it's not over kill. Even if some one doesn't like volunteering they still can get it done and not have to do but if someone does enjoy it they can they keep on volunteering.


Service hours

Pro
Mandatory service hours are a great way to help out low income communities and keep them running in a cleaner more civil environment. This is accomplished by cleaning trash, graffiti, planting, etc. "In the most positive light, such service teaches children and teenagers to look beyond themselves and understand the role they can play in their community and country." (Tugend, nytimes.com, 2010) It helps teach younger people how to be a good person in helping out the communities. This makes for a much better environment as a whole and helps develope people into better, more astounding citizens.

Con
Some people may have a negative attitude towards mandatory service hours. Instead of thinking that they are helping the community and the people in it. They begin to think of service hours as a punishment. So instead of inticing people to keep helping the community after their mandatory hours, some do not and think negatively on the situation. "Community service is a commonplace substitute for jail—thousands each year are sentenced to service or compelled to do it as a condition of probation." (Liu, ideas.time.com, 2012) Community service is seen and used as a punishment so why are teens required to meet the mandatory service requirements?

Position
I believe that mandatory service hours should be required. Everyone has either littered or destroyed our communities in some way. So helping out a little will only benefit the community and the people in it. Plus it teaches us that we should respect our communities and take care of them. Not only will it make you a better person, but will make our world a better place to live in.

Service Hours Economics

          Having service hours as a requirement to graduate would affect the students in a big way. There would be a big discretion between students and if that would be worth their time and the communities. A lot of people in the community would say that it would be a great idea to do that versus all the students that would protest and complain about the service hours. Something good that would come out of this is that students would gather a more vast variety of experiences with different people and activities. According to an article from (classroom.synonym.com) students would be working in big groups on several different projects which would enhance their team work and problem solving skills as well as they would get experience in working with all age groups and collaborate ideas between each other.
          If the school system did implement rules of volunteer work in order to graduate, it would certainly cause some teens to rebel against this. This would would end up in reflecting in a negative experience for the students that would not like doing extra volunteer work. If students would be forced to complete volunteer work it could cause some students to lose a feeling and sense of freedom in the community and work environment. According to (classroom.synonym.com) some student would find discomfort in working with others as they wouldn’t know any one around them which would be isolating to the unsocial individuals. In conclusion students attitudes and behaviors would turn extremely negative at the community and schooling system.
          If I was forced to do community service for the city in order to graduate I believe it would be a waste of my time and I would rebel against the school system. I would feel a sense of aggravation because after high school I will no longer be around this city anymore and a lot of seniors every year leave for college. I think it would be a waste of time for all seniors because why would we spend time building for the community if most of the seniors will be leaving shortly after high school anyway. Service hour requirements for high school graduation in my opinion is an unnecessary request which is a con and also students would be unmotivated during these community service projects. In conclusion service hours in order to graduate would have a negative affect on the whole student body.

I don’t think that it should be a requirement for kids but I do feel that schools should have volunteer work available for students. A very good benefit of participating in volunteer work is being able to use it on a resume.  It should not be required because many student have jobs and do not have time to do service hours. It is a very time consuming task to get time off of work and plan on being at a volunteer job.

Community service hours

The major positive of forced community services hours is it helps the community. Without these hours the community would loose large amounts of aid it could receive. This allows the community to have a better education system, cleaner environment, and a more enjoyable town. The students also receive a service hours too use on their college applications.

The negative of forced community service hours is that they are forcing the students too do these hours when they could do other things. The students could be working on school projects or sports that are important to them. The forced hours also makes it hard too tell the difference between people who do it willingly and the people who do it because of it is forced. In the end it can harm students college applications as it can make them look worse.

I think forced community services hours benefit the students and the community and we should have them.

Service Hours


Most schools in the Unites States require students to complete a certain amount of service
hours to graduate. This requirement can benefit the students. "Students who engage in
community service have many opportunities for personal growth"( Jody Hagensen,
classroom.synonym.com, What Are the Pros & Cons of Community Service for High School?)
The students get more exposure to the real world. They get to work with different people from
different backgrounds.

Apart from the benefits of school service hour, they are negative effects. “Once you begin to volunteer and organizers of that particular activity or program see that you're a valuable asset, you make be asked or encouraged to do more. This can lead to scheduling problems and leave less time for school, family, work and other obligations.”(  JAMES ROLAND, www.livestrong.com, What Are the Pros and Cons of Volunteer Work?) With how much activities high school students are involved in, most of them are way too busy to volunteer. This would not be fair to them. Some people might argue that they can make extra time. That is true but that would have to be family time or the time spent with friends.

I believe that having service hours a requirement in school is a bad idea. First, I personally do not have time to volunteer for many hours. I can mange to do 5 hours spread out through different times. This would be done in the summer. Apart from me, other teens are as busy or even more busy than I am. Second, making service hours a requirement in schools takes the fun out of volunteering. Students would just do the minimum amount of time. After the time is achieved, they make never volunteer ever again in their life time.

Mandatory Service Hours

Having students need to complete so many hours of service helps them learn to take care of their surroundings and give them experience in the real world and see how it works and how things get taken care of. It helps kids and students learn to problem solve and makes them feel what its like to make a difference in their community. Having them take part in serving their community will also sow them the direct positive consequences of helping others and show them how big of a difference one person can make. Another benefit is that it not only helps your mental health, but it also helps your physical health.

However there is a negative side to donating your time to community service, if your doing that then that leaves you less time to spend with family, homework, work if you have a job. Then you have to add things like transportation into it. Example, if you don't have a car then you will be riding a bike or walking to and from work, school, home, and any other places or activities you need to take part in during the day. Also depending on the situation you can get very emotionally attached to people your helping and that can carry over into your work and school work and negatively impact it because your busy worrying about how they are doing instead of focusing on what your supposed to be doing. One more reason is if people are being forced to do community service hours and they aren't passionate about it like other people who volunteered on their own and care about it then they will get mad at the people who don't care or aren't trying as hard as they are.

Me personally, I believe that schools should not have mandatory service hours because I only have one hour of the day between school and work and I'm sure other people have similar situations. If I want to help my community then I will devote my own time to it and be way more engaged and satisfied with helping because I wouldn't be forced to do it. Transportation is another thing, I don't have a car or a bike so I have to walk everywhere, and if I have to walk to go do community service then I can say goodbye to working on school work and having a job.

https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/benefits-volunteering
https://www.livestrong.com/article/70771-pros-cons-volunteer-work/

Should Community Service be Apart of Graduation?

Pros: A student GPA and standardized test scores are not the only thing colleges look at anymore because they have a ton admissions. This means the colleges have to look at more of what the person did or does as a student. Each student has to stand out in their own way, what they choose to do out of the classroom is what matters (Scholarship Benefits, 2018, www.scholarship.com). Community service really gets the students more involved with their community. It also gives them the chance to interact with other peers/people and get a look at things are around them. Students can benefit greatly from community service learning. One reasons schools have introduced these types of programs are so students that volunteer can gain academic gains (Scholarship Benefits, 2018, www.scholarship.com).  Also students can apply what they have learned in school to helping other people in real-life situations. Students benefit from exposure to diversity and become more socially/personally responsible when they are involved in community service (Scholarship Benefits, 2018, www.scholarship.com). While most students will say that they should not be forced to do community service, many may not see the meaning that really comes with doing community service. If we were not given the opportunity to do it, students would not do it at all and they would not get a chance to see what is going on in their community around them. 

Cons: A student should not be forced into doing community service hours just so they can graduate; it takes away the learning experience that you get from giving back to your community. When students feel forced to do something, they do not put as much effort in the project or they lose enthusiasm for the the opportunity to give back (Classroom Pro and Cons, 2018, classroom.synonym.com). Students tend to work better when they want to do the project or volunteering. Community service does give back to our community, but being forced to participate doesn't allow students to really get the full experience because they do not want to do it, making them feel like they're wasting their time (Classroom Pro and Cons, 2018, classroom.synonym.com). Community service is pointless when the students are not getting the full experience because then they will not do it after they have done the hours they need, which means they will not get the benefits of knowing what is so good about giving back. 

In my opinion, I do not feel that community service should be a requirement to graduate high school or be forced upon students. I think that community service should be seen as a great opportunity and not a way to take the meaning away from it. I feel that students should want to do community service because they know that it is helping the people around them and helping make a difference. The students should get something out of it, even it is just experience that shows why helping others is good or helping them get to the college they want. Here at the Bettendorf High school there are many opportunities to get service hours including student council, key club, and many opportunities through sports to raise money. I think that students should get the chance to volunteer if they want. Most students are in clubs, sports, music, and they usually do not have a ton of time to volunteer regularly. So, I feel like it is beneficial just having the opportunities out there and available for students to choose to volunteer. 

Service Hours Requirement for Graduation

Having students do community service for graduation would be beneficial to them because it would allow for more community interaction from the students. This community interaction, although forced, will help students build a good standing with their negborhood. This good standing would hopefully set them up for lifelong friendships.
However the students may see this as useless labor that they have to do to graduate. This would either cause a drop in graduation for a frivolous reason or t make the students unhappy. The students would not do it willingfully and thus not put their best efforts into the community.
We should reward students greatly that do take an interest in helping the community. But requiring it would cause more problems thanit would help the students. Offering rewards such as a better parking space or some academic/community achivement would be better that forcing students to do community service for graduation.

Service Hours-Durkin


Service hours mandates may be a positive thing for high school students. Some researchers at Creighton university studied trends of how Service hour mandates impacts students in several different high schools. Of the high school students that were required to participate in community service, the study found that most generally had higher grade point averages than those who didn't engage in community service. Also the students who engaged in community service were more likely to develop a commitment to civic engagement, such as voting regularly for representatives that they back.( Maya M. Khanna, Creighton University, 2010) These finding do support the argument that public service do teach students a valuable lesson about their duty as an American citizen is, that they otherwise wouldn't learn in a generic classroom setting. So maybe mandated public service hours can increase the total numbers of Americans that vote. Which would encourage other schools to implement a mandated amount of service hours all over the country.

Mandated Public Service hours for high schools students can be a negative thing. If you think about what each high school student has to do just to get to school or stay in it. Some people aren't always as fortunate as others who may already be 18 and after school everyday they work a full time job to try and support themselves. That is the argument in some schools across the country but other schools and teachers believe that mandating community service takes away the volunteerism. ( Geoffrey N. Gordon, nytimes.com, 2003) Volunteering is just what it is, doing something for someone without someone requiring you to do it. Its obvious that some people believe mandating public service hours takes away from the real kind human spirit especially if someone is serving a homeless person food with a frown on their face. That picture doesn't make anyone happy. So implementing mandated public service hours might not be the best idea.

I believe that mandated public service hours are a negative thing. Just thinking about when I was younger and I was forced to do public service it would just make me angry and resent having to do public service the whole time. Which in turn made me less likely to ever volunteer on my own accord because of the negative connotation I soon developed to it. Which was I was working for free. Sure students could learn a thing or two from volunteering but I just don't believe it should be a mandated requirement.

Service Hours

Pros:
In having a requirement of service hours for graduation, students will have the opportunity to enhance their interest. ""If it was not mandatory, I never would have looked into doing it, but once I started, I liked it. And I have continued doing it because I realize how important it is to help other people. It has been very fulfilling for me." she said." (Fried, nytimes.com, 2003) Emily's school forced students to complete at least 40 hours of community service to graduate, but she put in more than 350 hours at various sites. Because her school makes students complete 40 hours of service, she was able to find her interest. If mandatory community services can help impact a student, then many more can be impacted. 

Cons:
In having a requirement of service hours for graduation, the meaning of the experience from community services would be ruined. "The merit of volunteer work stems from the fact that it is voluntary - if schools mandate that students perform community service, then projects lose value to the student participants. " (Koenig, mbhs.edu, 2011). The purpose of volunteering is to teach students to appreciate lending a hand and to help the community; when forcing students to volunteer, they would misinterpret the value of helping and be irritated. Instead of making community service mandatory, schools should instead reward students for volunteering.

Position:
I believe schools shouldn't make volunteering mandatory because of several reasons. Students will not only feel irritated in doing something they're not interested in, but they would also ignore the importance of volunteering. Students with extra curriculum or jobs won't have the time to volunteer, and it would be unfair to them. Lastly, rewarding students for outstanding work is more beneficial than forcing students to the good work just for the sake of graduating.    



Should community service be mandatory to graduate?

Pros: Mandating community service to graduate is a great way to get students involved in the community. By making community service a requirement to graduate, it forces students to go out of their way to get out in the community and give back even if it is in a very small way. Not only does it give you the chance to give back to the community, but it also helps build character and social awareness in the students (Nadia Khan, 10/20/08, chicagotribune.com). Getting kids involved and in touch with their community is not only beneficial to graduate, but it will also be helpful for the future. While some may say that if it is forced, it takes away from the meaning, if students weren't forced they wouldn't do it at all and wouldn't be able to learn about needs in their community.

Cons: Forcing high school students to obtain a certain amount of community service hours before graduation takes away from the meaning of the experience of volunteering. In a way mandatory volunteerism is an oxymoron, volunteering is more effective when kids want to do it, not when they are forced. "Encouraging good work for a for a good cause is one thing, driving students to do good work for graduating is another" (Clare Koenig, 3/10/11, silverchipsonline). Being forced to participate in community service takes away from the meaning  behind it. While it does help individuals get in touch with their community, if they are being forced more than likely they won't be doing it to fully get the experience but to rather just check another hour off.

In my opinion, I do not feel that community service should be a requirement for graduation. I feel that forcing students to  participate in community service takes the meaning out of it, and is not necessary. I think that community service is a great thing to do if you are willing/want to help because then you really get something out of it, but if you are just doing it because you are forced I feel like the whole time you are doing it you will just be wondering how much longer until its over. Many students are also very busy outside of school and a lot of people have to work because they need money, and may not have time to get hours. Clubs like NHS and Student Council, require community service hours, so a lot of kids are already getting their hours through that. The difference between this and getting for hours to graduate is that you choose to be in NHS or Student council, so you know what you have to do to be eligible for it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Service hours


One pro of community service hour requirements is the work ethic it builds for young teenagers. The exposure to work to improve the lives of others is very filling. According to Grown and Flown, a parenting website "Serving others in their community brings benefits like exposure to work settings and a sense of pride and responsibility" (Melissa Fenton, grownandflown.com, 2018). By exposing teenagers to different work environments, they can get accustomed to the different conditions they might have to work in as adults. Also when working community service hours, teenagers can improve their ethic. By teaching kids to do good for others less fortunate then them, they can start to be more grateful for what they have. This will inspire them to work harder for themselves so that they don't need community work done for them.


One con of mandatory community service hours is that it can be very time consuming and is added to the weight that is already place on teenagers today. As stated in the Grown and Flown parenting website “Not only are today’s teenagers expected to carry a large load of honors and AP classes, participate in sports and other extracurricular clubs and honor societies, and possibly hold down a part-time job to pay for car and personal expenses, but it is now common place for high schools to have a volunteer service hour minimum as part of their graduation requirements” (Melissa Fenton, grownandflown.com, 2018). A expressed, teenagers have a lot more to carry in the 21st century than our predecessors. So when they were expected to do community service hours, they just had more time to do them. Now, kids are having a hard time trying to get all the sleep they need, so just feeling one more thing onto the graduation requirement list might not be the wisest choice right now.


I believe that we should have a community service hour requirement. However, unlike PV, we should have a low number of mandatory hours, like ten. In another article I read, it stated that “I felt both a rush of empowerment and an enhanced appreciation for the tremendous difficulties and beautiful possibilities out there in the world beyond my teenage bubble” (Samantha Gray, pointsoflife.org, 2018). Doing community work is still an eye opening experience for everyone and it should be a mandatory thing because of how good it looks on paper, but we shouldn’t go extensive on the number of hours. Teens are very busy, but they need to make time for eye opening experiences that service hours provide. I know that some people think that if service hours are mandatory, does that still make them service hours because you are getting the chance to graduate in return for working. I think that it doesn’t make them volunteer hours, because you are getting something out of working, but they are community service hours none the less and we really don’t need to get into the specifics during college applications.

Economics of Service Hours

1.  A service hour requirement would be a good thing because it would help people with important life skills such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. It would also make communities stronger, improve people's lives, strengthen characters of students, and possibly lower the number of illegal activities that may occur off of school grounds. The Corporation for National and Community Service says that volunteering has been shown to improve health in people. It is proven that "those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer" (Grimm Jr., www.nationalservice.gov, 2007). So if a service hour requirement was put into place then the overall health of the students would increase.

2. A service hour requirement would be a bad thing because it would take away from the time students have to do homework, study, take care of family, etc.  On average a service project takes 2-3 hours of a person's day. There are some projects, however, that expend an extremely large number of your time in a day.  The point made about over-working yourself is a valid one, it can happen all too easily. Some examples of these are "If you're working full time, going to school or trying to raise a family, the time you spend volunteering may result in the other areas of your life being neglected" (Lake, classroom.synonym.com, 2018). While the thought of using your time for volunteering is an honorable one, it can also be detrimental to your educational life due to loss of time to accomplish tasks that you are assigned for school such as studying, homework, or extracurricular activities.   

3. My opinion on this topic is that there should not be a service hour requirement to graduate high school. I choose this side because as a "student-athlete" I would not want to go to practice every day and then have to worry about how many hours of volunteering I need per week. This especially applies to multi-sport athletes that do multiple sports in one school year.  The time commitment is a big obstacle for scholarly activities such as studying or doing homework because on average most students have homework 4 out of 5 days of the week, this is not including work for clubs such as NHS or Student Council. 

Service Hours


  • There are many good factors of high school students doing community service as a requirement. One pro of doing it is personal growth. According to Jody Hagensen "they get exposure to people and experiences that broaden awareness and understanding of the world around them" (Jody Hagensen, Classroom, 2001-2018). A lot of them gain new skills and in a  lot of cases they work with others from a diverse background/situation. A lot of times it's also the students first time working for a boss.
  • There are also a few cons to high school students doing community service. The major one is teenagers becoming overwhelmed with obligations. "They can easily get overwhelmed by homework, part-time jobs, sporting events, and home and church obligations" (Jody Hagensen, Classroom, 2001-2018). With a lot of sports practices and even games they take a couple of hours, then students still need to do their homework which sometimes takes a while. On top of that they have to eat and then take their showers, and take care of anything else they need to do at home or for school. 
  • Don't get me wrong community service is a great thing and students should do it. They shouldn't be obligated to do it though. Like I said in my cons paragraph, a lot of students simply don't have time. They already have homework for a lot of classes, and maybe their parents make them do sports. Between the time it takes for practice/games to get over, and for them to do their homework, eat and take care of their hygiene and other home obligations, there's no time left for them to go out and volunteer.  
When it comes to the question between whether or not to require mandatory service hours in order for BHS students to graduate, there are many pros and cons for each side of the argument.

If our school district was to implement a new requisite for graduation in the form of 20 or so service hours, one thing is certain: Much, much more service will happen throughout our community. While the response may be negative at first, the fact is that students will eventually cave into the demands of the school, as they see that it is not worth not graduating just to get out of a few hours of service. In the end, most students will accept, and in fact, many students end up continuing service out of high school, because they like the feeling they get when they help others. In an interview that The New York Times had with a student who was forced to do community service by her school, the girl said this: ''If it was not mandatory, I never would have looked into doing it''[...]''But once I started, I liked it. And I have continued doing it because I realize how important it is to help other people. It has been very fulfilling for me.'' 

Later in the article, a superintendent of an inner-city New York school is interviewed on why he chose to not require service, and his reasoning was one that we should all keep in mind. He stated that, ''many of our children work to make money because a lot of them are supporting themselves,''[...]''We are a 50 percent poverty district and 60 percent minority'' (New York Times). This is important, because for many in our country (as well as our community) there are those who can not afford to take 40 hours out of their schedule to volunteer, because they are working and living paycheck to paycheck, putting in not only 8 hours of school a day but some times up to 8 hours pf work as well, just so that they can eat that night. To tell someone who is in that position to either give up money from work, or fail to graduate, is incredibly unfair.

Not only that, but requiring volunteer hours goes against every character-building aspect that volunteering is suppose to do. It is no longer creating the realization that, "Hey, helping the less fortunate is a small thing that I can do in my life that helps a tremendous amount in someone else's! I am going to take this epiphany and exemplify it into everything I do in life for now on!" Instead, it leaves students without anything learned, and that, combined with the fact that it is incredibly unfair to those who literally cannot take the time out of their day to help or volunteer, is why I believe that volunteering should be rewarded for doing; not punished for otherwise.