Now there are lots of good things our kids should do growing up, activities that will make them better citizens and scholars. There is, however, a limit to how many hours we can demand of them (and of the staff who will have one more bit of paperwork to process).
Consider also this line from the bill:
In order to meet the requirements of this Act, a public high school student shall offer the student's time, energy, and talent without seeking financial or material gain to provide assistance to the student's community, to any individual or group in need within the student's community, or to any nonprofit charitable or religious organization.
Who says a student's "time, energy, and talent" are the property of the school to offer in the first place? We might want to be cautious about a bill that, in a small way, turns our high school students into a captive labor force.
But what do you think? Mandatory public service for high school graduation: would you do it? Would you require your kids to do it? The comments section is open!