Re: Co-ed Scouting Poll
Ken Schneider (sk@RPCI.DEMON.CO.UK)
Mon, 17 Apr 1995 22:57:39 GMT
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> SCOUTS-L%TCUBVM.BITNET@uga.cc
-= I polled my troop with a sheet that was completely anonymous. I asked
-= them to be serious for a few minutes while they answered these questions:
-= 1) Do you think that the BSA should go Co-Ed?
-= 2) Why do you think this?
-= 3) What benefits do you see of this?
-= I got almost 100% back saying "Yes".
Without broaching to the underlying matter, I suggest that next
time someone conducts a poll like this they consider rephrasing
the questions in a less leading way, such as:
1) Do you think the BSA should have Girl Scouts as well as Boy Scouts?
2) Please explain your answer, briefly.
3) What negatives and/or positives do you see possibly resulting from
such a change?
This avoids (i) loaded terms like "co-ed"; (ii) challenging wording from
a troop leadership that apparently has biases of its own ("why do you
think this"); and (iii) the obvious leading-by-the-nose question (whether
it was intended this way or not) of "what benefits" the Scout can see in
this (as if the challenge is not the "right" answer but actually seeing
how smart he is in finding the reasons for this).
Whether or not one would disagree with Scouters guiding the viewpoints
of their Scouts on such issues, if we want a valid "poll" result we must
consider the manner and devices by which such a poll is to be conducted.
Best regards: Ken Schneider (email@example.com)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City