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Another feel-good program that will backfire

Gateway Pundit a href=”http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/11/change-obama-announces-creation-of-his.html”has a post /aon the compulsory community service that Obama is asking of middle, high school and college students. a href=”http://change.gov/americaserves/”The change.gov /awebsite states:br /br /blockquoteObama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year./blockquotebr /br /My guess is this crap will work as well as the self-esteem movement did in the 70’s and 80’s which is to say, it will probably backfire. In fact, according to psychologist Martin Seligman in a book I am currently reading, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0618918094?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0618918094″emThe Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0618918094″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / kids are more depressed today than ever due to fake self-esteem programs. One reason, according to Seligman is that our society has changed from an achieving society to a feel-good one. I would say that forcing kids to act like do-gooders will be just as fake as instilling self-esteem and result in resentment and irritation later in life. br /br /And seriously, who wants their help? Bird Dog ata href=”http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/9851-When-volunteering-becomes-compulsory.html” Maggie’s Farm blog /aasks a good question, “are people really so helpless in America that they need pimply high-schoolers or condescending do-gooder college kids – who know nothing at all about life – to “help” them?”br /br /Why not teach people how to help themselves and achieve their own goals instead of sending a group of youth forced by government mandate to assist them in feeling like victims? Or why not at least make it voluntary as some have suggested in the comments. If education and helping others to help themselves is done voluntarily, it might be a good thing. But why the government coercion?