The mindset is surely different that’s for certain!!! From the Front Page Sections, translated…
Seeing how the reformed education had the students worked hard to get the hours of volunteer work, I’d recalled, that from back when, even though, public service wasn’t mandated, but it’s a “must-be-done” thing.
During my college years, I’d gone to the city’s Art Museum to intern, to see how the self-motivated and organized volunteer group worked, plus the teachers had administered a personality quiz for us all, I’d realized, that in order to be a good and fitting volunteer, you must have “plenty of time”, and “a fitting personality”, not everybody is fitting for the role of a volunteer.
The functioning of the Taipei City Art Museum volunteer program is self-monitored, but, nobody was there, for the sake of school credit; most volunteers are retired persons, or those with set hours of work. And, they’d scanned through the volunteers carefully too, those who can comply with the schedules of the art museum unconditionally, along with those who can initiate, and govern themselves well, and these, are next-to-impossible for the student volunteers who were there only temporarily.
The current situation is, that the students are volunteering for “extra credit”, the original thought was a good one, but, the result was completely the opposite of what we’d hoped to achieve. A lot of students who signed up for the volunteer opportunity, originally don’t fit the criteria for being a volunteer to begin with, they are way too focused on gaining that extra competitive edge from the newly reformed education realms, and carried the worries of not doing enough volunteer work would damage their grades, and, that they don’t give the amount of time required, nor are they carrying the right kinds of mindset. And so, the work they’d done, is NOT really to help the world, instead, it would cause the public organizations’ troubles, or the parents would step in and do the work for the kids, and so, what’s the purpose of this newly set up rule?
And so, because here, there’s NOT this set-up rule about volunteering, unlike in the States, where in high school, we MUST have 100 hours of volunteer work (it’s more now, I think…) in order to get our high school diploma, and, because that is the new requirement for graduation, a lot of the parents and the children would want to fit the minimum requirements, and BE done with it, which totally defeat the whole purpose behind volunteering.