ERIC Number: ED233929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-17
Reference Count: 0
Wanted: A Service Component in Public Education.
Anton, Tod A.
Because the outcome of education should be independence as well as a sense of accomplishment in serving others, educational objectives should consist of a demonstration of competence, the application of learning, creative responses, and the ability of one learner to teach the other. Educators need to reinforce examples of the work ethic and emphasize the value of deferred gratification. Similarly, a service component should be included in high school graduation requirements. Students could perform such services as tutoring, acting as school hosts and peer counselors, contributing to school beautification, and participating in charity drives. Community projects could consist of entertaining the infirm, observing and interviewing adults engaged in service to the community, and studying the methods of service organizations. Service awards and a "service to school and community" component on report cards could enhance the concept of service. A service-oriented educational experience could make the difference in our national spirit, direction, ethics, and production. (LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project; Priorities; Work Ethic
Note: In: Gilbert, Michael B., Ed. Education for the 80's, Monograph No. 5, Bureau of Educational Research and Field Services, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, Oct. 1981.