Community service is not punitive

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Community service is not punitive

Monday, November 04, 2019

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Dear Editor,

According to news reports, the National Secondary Students' Council recommended community service for students who were (are) late for school.

Oh, boy, here we go again conditioning students to think that doing community service is punitive.

Community service is a great thing; that is how we build stable communities. My high school son has to complete 50 hours of community service in order to graduate with a high school diploma.

Also, as a society, we should not condone excessive tardiness. It is not good for long-term economic productivity. We must change this 'soon come' culture.

I believe what the principals did were good steps in the right direction; however, there needs to be some modification. My suggestion is that students who are repeatedly late without excuse should be documented and parents notified. Those students should not be permitted to participate in any school activities for a certain period of time; maybe one month. This includes student-athletes. In fact, if all the schools could collaborate, that student would be unable to attend school activities islandwide for that time period.

In addition, maybe the schools should develop a type of reward initiative, by regions, for students who are consistently on time, complete their school tasks, and have very little behavioural issues.

As a society, let's pay more attention to the kids who are doing the right things, and try to improve the behaviour of those who are lagging.

Michael Brown

Washington, DC, USA

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