The Exchange: Should a Year of National Service Be Required for All Americans?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of compulsory national service from different points of view. Citizenship is a team sport, uniting private individuals in the public life of their country. But what does citizenship require of us? What responsibilities do we have to the team? The Founders created a nation dedicated to the individual’s right to pursue happiness. At the same time, they defined the virtuous citizen as someone who is willing to set aside self-interest to pursue the common good.

This resource was developed as part of The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas, the National Constitution Center’s nationwide conversation series on current constitutional issues.

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Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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