Re: Eagle Board of Review Questions
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 16 May 1995 08:57:48 -0400
>> The questions were lead by the "Council Guy"---sorry I missed the
>>appropriate title. After the questions about his Scouting experience and
>>Eagle efforts the subject turned to "general life questions."
>I believe that such questions are fair game in an Eagle BOR for two reasons.
>One, they are not cut and dried. Since there is no book answer, the
>candidate must think and respond based on his beliefs and experience. His
>responses will reveal much about what he has learned. Two, there are no
>simple answers. The candidate will have to formulate some sort of response,
>again revealing what he has learned.
In theory I would agree.
However all adults that might sit on a BoR are not as "mature" as you are in
this regard. For many there are definite cut and dry answers to these
questions. For many there are easy answers to such real life questions.
These same people are then likely to take any deviation from their "right
answers" as wrong.
We have seen discussion of some of these "right answers" in this group, as
well as rec.scouting. We had at least one accusation recently that a boy
had failed his BoR due to giving such a wrong answer to one of these
questions with no correct answer.
In theory, I think use of such questions is appropriate. The
appropriateness for their use in practice, however, would depend upon the
existence of any unsurmountable biases or agendas -- hidden or otherwise
-- of the reviewers. If such questions are asked, the board better be
prepared for nearly any well thought out answer, even if it is the one they
don't want to hear, otherwise they should not be asked.
P.S. So I don't have to start discussion again: those who have been here a
while know what topics I refer to. If any don't know, I will be glad to
tell you _privately_.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City