Is it now common for schools to require community service? What are some examples of how this works? I don't see anything explicitly required by our schools. This came up because my son was asked to play the piano at a special meeting in another town. In the course of the conversation, the person (who was a high school teacher in the other town) said that they would give him a letter of community service. My first reaction was irritation. My son would (should) make the decision without that carrot dangling in from of him. Of course he said yes, but when I mentioned the community service angle, he wasn't surprised. He said that they push that all of the time at school, although he didn't think it was mandatory for our middle school.
Philosophically, all of this bothers me. I always remember what Ollie North's lawyer said during the Iran-Contra scandal:
"I'm not a potted plant. I'm here as the lawyer. That's my job.”
That's how I feel. I'm not a potted plant. I'm here as the parent. That's my job.
I don't want my son always looking for an angle or for something to go on his resume, but I can see the changes taking place.