what would you think if i told you a "public service academy" - akin to the military academies (e.g. west point) - could open its doors to students as early as 2011?
select applicants would receive free college education, specializing in leadership development, in exchange for five years of public service in education, health care, and emergency management (to name a few).
i'll tell you what i thought:
1) it's exactly what our country needs - an opportunity for affordable college education and national service that does not require someone to take up arms.
2) don't tease.
so i was very surprised when i heard chris myers asch, co-founder of this project, explain that such a bill has been written and won bi-partisan support from senators and representatives in 32 states (see right). i don't dip into politics often, but i feel very strongly about the benefits this could provide to our nation, and for the rising generation.
the 2008 presidential election offers a key time to move this bill from congress to construction. please learn more about the public service academy from their website. if you feel as i do, please contact your senator or representative and let them know. blog about it. do an interpretive dance.
make your feelings known.
here are a few details that peaked my interest:
1) graduation requirements include learning a foreign language and study abroad program
2) service is divided into two segments: a 2-year mandatory placement in field of choice; and a 3-year segment continuing in same position, applying for a transfer, or deferring for graduate education
3) curriculum would allow for performing arts/theater opportunities
end PSA for the PSA.
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