Getting Credit For Demonstrating
As reported in the April 8, 2006 edition of the Washington Post:
Montgomery Is Criticized Over Credit for StudentsFrom Mark Twain:
"The Montgomery County schools' decision to grant students community service credit for attending Monday's immigration rights protest is raising concern among some parents as well as activists who say officials should focus on education, not political advocacy.
"Montgomery is the only Washington area school system offering students credit for taking part in the event, to be held on the Mall...
"[S]tudents will receive service learning hours for participating in the rally as long as they do so under the supervision of a community group that has been approved by the school system....
"School systems in Virginia and the District do not have community service requirements. Although teenagers there have been among the most active in protesting the immigration legislation, no systems planned to grant credit for participation in Monday's rally. However, in Fairfax County, school officials said a teacher in a government class, where a service project is often assigned, may choose to consider the rally as part of that requirement."
"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."