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October 15, 2009

what makes high quality service?

(Washington, DC). I am here for the annual grantees' meeting of Learn & Serve America, the federal program that funds community service as part of education ("service-learning"). In my own Tufts class last week, funded by L&SA, I asked my students to read the "Starfish Story," which is very widely used to motivate service. (I have previously satirized the story, here).

I asked my class to compare the Starfish Story to some principles that have adopted by our Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts. We say:

Some of the differences that my students identified ...

The guy in the Starfish story doesn't "plan." He doesn't appear to work in a community where he has roots or can be held accountable to the recipients of his service as fellow citizens. He doesn't collaborate with the starfish. He doesn't have standards of quality, certainly not ones that the starfish have helped to develop. There is no connection to research to learning. If the man in the story benefits from his actions, he is not conscious of the benefit.

October 15, 2009 5:15 PM | category: none


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