It's tempting to dismiss such resistance as either fringe libertarianism or just plain adolescent laziness.
Schools, after all, require all kinds of things, from algebra to gym, and in most cases the service requirements amount to 12 to 25 hours a year--roughly the time required to write one or two research papers.
The original proposal was opposed by 23 out of 24 county school boards, the state teachers' union, the student representative to the Board of Education, and the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
But after negotiation, a revised bill passed in 1992.
Twenty-one of the state's 24 districts have chosen the second option.