I THINK IT'S CALLED SERVICE LEARNING. As University Diaries reports, some people view it as "extortion and bribery." There are many other academic follies competing for my attention. The service learning scam has not afflicted the economics curriculum, although from time to time the university sends around a memorandum inviting faculty members to get involved in its own service learning initiatives, many of which (not surprisingly) encourage students to engage in (approved forms of) unpaid activism for college credit.

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