Unintended Consequences

This is excellent news:

Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.

That’s directly from The Savior’s transition propaganda site, as quoted by Coyote Blog.

I couldn’t come up with a more effective way to throw away the youth vote for a generation if I spent a year working on it.

Just try and tell a bunch of teenagers and college students that they’re ordered to do, well, anything. Almost all of them will hold it against you for the rest of their lives.

UPDATE: Via the Blogfaddah, the “require” part has suddenly been airbrushed out of The One’s propaganda site.

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11 Responses to “Unintended Consequences”

  1. teri Says:

    Our school system has required this for our kids for the past 10 years. No hassle. They make it part learning about the community

  2. ponymom Says:

    Our high school has had community services hours since inception, but it is a Catholic high school. Some in our area require more than 100. Mine often tutors or is a room helper at the younger ones grade school.

    That being said, those in the public schools are going to be in for an eye opener.

    And you are absolutely correct about the grudge effect. Unfortunately.

  3. amosjo Says:

    Because, as a parent of three school-age children, I don’t have ENOUGH to do.

    The schools have already ensured that I do the bare minimum to get by (volunteerism) in order to avoid being pulled in a million directions and to preserve my sanity.

  4. blue_three Says:

    I graduated from a public high school back in 2003, and at that time they had just transitioned from requiring 50 hours of community service to requiring a “senior project” be done on a pass/fail basis in order to graduate. It was a hassle, and all but a few students simply did the minimum.

    I can’t imagine that they’d be all that happy to go back to original practice or, even worse, be forced to do additional work.

    As for the youth vote, this will hardly sway them; idiocy and idealism form a strong mix which takes years of real life to overcome.

  5. rbj Says:

    100 hours per year in college? Are they kidding? At my alma mater we were all too stoned to do 100 hours of anything each year. Except play frisbee or
    hey, where are the Doritos?

  6. Stephen Green Says:

    RBJ —

    Uh… wait, I forgot.

  7. McGehee Says:

    My 100 hours of community service in college was spent giving some of those professors something to do to keep them off street corners harassing random passersby.

  8. jimmy Says:

    Can we rat on other Americans who don’t do much to absolve ourselves of community service?

  9. Liberty Girl Says:

    Do we get cool brown shirts with nifty patches?

  10. Runs with Peggy Says:

    What if my teenager wants to donate his/her hours of service to Prolife Across America? I wonder how that would fly.

  11. NukemHill Says:

    Yeah, I’d like to have my eldest put some time in handing out flyers for the Young Republicans. Think that’ll go over well?

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