“Obama and Biden believe that middle and high school children should be expected to engage in community service for 50 hours annually during the school year or summer months.”
– Obama’s National Service Plan Fact Sheet
“Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year.”
There’s lots of mischief brewing here. It’s not that I have a problem with school children being encouraged to do volunteer work – quite the contrary. But the involvement and “encouragement” of the federal government means that the program is going to be coercive and sharply ideological. If Obama has his way, I have no doubt that participation will be mandatory, even for homeschoolers. When I read a section of Obama’s “national service plan” to my wife last night, she said it reminded her of her childhood days in Vietnam. Children who enrolled in the the “Uncle Ho Youth” were rewarded with armbands and neckbands, and those who did not participate were socially marginalized. She was one of the few children in her class who didn’t join. She remembers the “Uncle Ho Youth” going about planting trees while chanting communist slogans.
In a previous comment thread Danby wrote:
“In point of fact, Obama will likely be another Jimmy Carter, an empty suit disappointment who cannot for the life of him stand up to the Establishment, and whose lousy foreign policy looks good only in contrast to his failed economic policies. I’m sorry, but shrieking like a little girl at the thought of a Dem winning the White House is pathetic.”
That’s definitely looking on the bright side. Just the same, we would do well to keep an eye on this administration. Obama has plans for your children.