Referred to as the Kennedy-Hatch Serve America Act at its introduction in September 2008, the bill was signed today by President Obama as the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Whether this is the slippery slope to re-education camps for young people or will make an enormous difference to our communities remains to be seen.
In a press release the National Youth Leadership Council weighs in with a jarring comment about funding the institutions…
With schools around the country facing severe budge cuts, it is imperative that the Corporation for National and Community Service takes bold steps to help fill these growing gaps. We call on the Corporation, as the federal agency that supports service-learning across the country, to provide the financial support for K-12 Learn and Serve America programs so that high quality programs continue to grow.
When service-learning is a K-12 teaching strategy, students gain leadership skills and apply their academic skills to make meaningful differences in their communities. With early exposure to service as an integrated part of their schooling, students often become interested in national service following their high school or college experiences, and go on to be life-long service leaders.
Now is the time to build a generation of engaged citizens who will strengthen communities around the country and world — both in their first 12 years of schooling, and beyond.
and a reminder to this homeschooler that families in the homeschool community have been there, done that and copyrighted the T-shirt – on our own, without government programs, no public funding – just a sense of civic duty.