The philosophy of 'objectivism' promotes the hard work of individuals to support a group. For high school students, it is important that they learn to serve their community in some way. A community service hours requirement for BHS students could beneficial to our awareness of society. "Teens develop an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for "giving back" and helping others." (Camille Heidebrecht, teenlife.org, 2015) The benefits of service branch out from students to the people around them. If we want to make the youth of our community have an understanding of doing good things for others, then high school volunteer work would be a good option to promote this perspective.
Service requirements do pose as a red flag to some views. Why should high school students be subjected to mandatory work? This just adds another requirement that students have to complete, regardless of their current workload. "Volunteering lies in an individual's will and drive to help others and enforcing it eliminates that drive. By forcing students to do community service, school officials are essentially doing the equivalent of the mandatory system practiced in penitentiaries." (Melanie Hibbert, columbia.edu, 2011) Students currently have a good balance of schoolwork, and mandatory service would be an inconvenience to most students. High school required community service may make the students more socially aware, but it is unfair to be put upon students that don't want to be doing it.
I believe that community service should be strongly suggested for high school students, but not required. It is unfair to force students to work, but those who are willing to volunteer on their own will benefit the community. If this was implemented at BHS, our students would become more motivated to be better people. People could even be inspired to volunteer after seeing their peers do it. As long as students can be flexible with their commitments, promoting community service would greatly impact our community.