Reflection"learning and service reinforce each other and should come together in America's schools".
Throughout my own personal service learning experiences, which I was reflection upon constantly while reading this article, it was clear to me that they have had a huge positive impact on my life. Kahne and Westheimer are large believers in the idea that service learning should be able to teach you something. Also they believe that in order to get the most out of your experience with service learning, you need to put yourself in the perspective of people that you are working with. In my experience this is definitely true, and has been a large aspect. Service learn has been able to teach me things that being in a classroom would never be able to do.
The service learning that I have been involved with, and that I think have had the greatest impact on my life are definitely the Special Olympics program in my town, along with tutoring third graders in aclassroom at Sackett Street Elementary.
Special Olympics is an amazing experience, I have been working with the same child for almost four years and once a week, yet I am still learning new things every time. It is amazing to see improvement and being able to make an impact in a childs life. This service learning experience is one of that main reason that I decided to become a Elementary Education Major with a focus in Special Ed. Without amazing experiences that service learning has provided me, I believe my life and my outlook on life would be drastically different.