I wouldn't go as far as to say it has nothing to do with education, it is at very least related to social studies. Sports and a lot, but not all, clubs offer no real value to education, but they are still encouraged. Some schools even require an extra-curricular portion to graduate, be it sports, clubs, or in this case community service. The student's didn't have an option in this case, but I cannot see what they had to do damaging to to their character or out of line in developing better citizens. While the school I teach at does not require community service, I wish it did. It allows students to take ownership in their community and helps to eliminate entitlement.