national service

On School-Based Community Service --- A Dissenting View

Macon Telegraph
Published Date: 
Saturday, June 16, 2001

Strong parental involvement is essential in education, public or private. And, true, public schools need to do better. But while public (government) schools have been deprecated by many education critics --- particularly because they have repeatedly shown that increasing per-pupil spending has not resulted in the expected academic return and because of persistent disciplinary and scholastic problems --- public schools, at least in Middle Georgia, have one big plus over many of our private or independent schools:

National Service 'Compassion Fascism' by Any Other Name

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Published Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2002

In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush proposed the formation of a USA Freedom Corps, calling for every American "to commit at least two years ­ 4,000 hours over the rest of your lifetime ­ to the service of your neighbors and your nation."

This will require 80 hours per year for every adult American. On Jan. 29, 2002, at another function, Bush further explained the concept and gave a pitch for the "volunteer" program that will require $560 million from taxpayers by 2003.