Yeah. You read that right. "Oxymoron-squared" was tossed around.
A commenter, Peter Wood, said
"At the National Association of Scholars we have noted this kind of mandatory “volunteering” several times. Students have an apt name for it: voluntyranny. We wrote about it here."Isn't that so true? Why is Community Service mandatory in the first place?
Help me out here:
- If you volunteer at church, it's not volunteering and the time doesn't count.
- If you sullenly carry boxes at the food bank, that's somehow better?
- Showing up at the FireHouse and being a pain in the buttocks for two hours benefits who, exactly?
- Why does running the Blood Drive with the rest of the Student Council count if donating blood doesn't?
- If you lie about the time spent and your friend covers for you, what lesson are we really teaching?
- If you are a senior and you can't graduate without the Senior Law class (and CS is part of the credit), are you really volunteering?