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Service Learning for a Requirement to Graduate
School and education is something that most everyone has an opinion on. Opinions are okay to have. Education is the method in how people gain a larger sense of knowledge with the help of curriculum, teachers, administration and peers. This is something that is very important in peoples, even though some might disagree. It does not just help students become more book smart but it does help them become more social smart, street smart and able to handle situations. Now with all of this, service learning should be involved and it is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service Learning). The problem is that communities do not come together as a whole which needs to be fixed so students are more responsible and understanding and it all can happen by getting a service coordinator.

Service learning is something that happens in schools, universities, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations. It takes place in classrooms, groups and with entire schools. It is necessary because it improves education, public safety and the environment, but most importantly it builds character and makes students more active. For example, cleaning up after a natural disaster, as in; tornadoes, floods, forest fires and hurricanes helps with public safety and with the environment. Plus those participating should know that community members, students and educators are there to help them with concerns that might come up, for their needs and to give and encourage hopes for the community. With all of this, service learning is there for humans to enrich their learning experiences, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen the community (National Service Learning).

The Leeward Community College has these ten principles to service learning. The first one states “Academic Credit is for Learning, not for Service. Academic Credit comes from Academic Learning and Community Service is not Academic in Nature.” So students’ grades are for the quality of learning, not the quality of service. The second one is “Do Not Compromise Academic Rigor.” It says that experience based learning is less rigorous than academic learning. The Leeward Community College also says that adding community service assignments could become extra credit but not a grade. The third principle is “Set Learning Goals for Students.” Establishing learning goals is a standard and it is necessary and advantageous for the courses of inductive learning and synthesis of theory and practice (Leeward Community College).

The fourth one is “Establish Criteria for the Selection of Community Service Placements.” Some appropriate placements not found in schools are homeless shelters and soup kitchens. If being institutional in health care is down your alley then an option could be to do two hour shifts at a hospital. Or if they would rather work and help out in the school and with younger children, they could help in an office and file paper. Now three guidelines that should be followed are responsibility to enable the best service learning, establishing learning goals to help with placement and to have a volunteer service office to help with the start-up cost. The fifth one says to “Provide educationally sound mechanisms to store the Community Learning.” Students would be assigned to a community agency where then they would have to prepare discussions, presentations, and journal and paper assignments. The sixth one says “Provide Support for Students to Learn How to store the Community Learning.” Students are unprepared and others have to assist them and provide examples for them (Leeward Community College).

The seventh principle says to “Minimize the Distinction between the Student’s Community Learning rose and the Classroom Learning Cole.” It says that classroom...
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