Re: Eagles easier now?
Matt Gulick (mgulick@RADIUS.COM)
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 11:24:29 -0800
At 7:06 AM 7/26/95, Greg L. Gough wrote:
>I earned my Eagle in 1972. I think Eagle is just as hard to receive
>today as it was back then with one big difference. That being, Merit
>Badge Universities. These afford the Scouts easy access to many of the
>harder badges. Way back when, we had to contact each counselor, arrange
>a time... etc. Most of my badges were completed on my own and not as a
>group. MBU's provide a needed service in today's fast paced world. But,
>everyone involved needs to protect the integrity of the program and make
>sure these merit badges are earned. I also like the change in Eagle
>service projects from individual effort to planning and organization of a
>group. Right in line with today's business objectives.
>SM Troop 201
I think we al perceive things differently now then we did then. When we
were young we saw the world through eyes that were new and our sphere of
experience and knowledge was smaller. Now we are adults and we look on the
requirements and say that they are easier. Are they truly easier or are we
predudiced by are now larger sphere of experience? If we look on these
merit badges through the eyes of a 12-16 year old scout, will we still
consider them to be easy?
As my kids strugle with homework that I look at and consider trivial, I try
to remember my homework and the trouble I had. And as I have done this I
found I could not recall doing algebra in 7th grade, it came in 9th grade.
This has caused me to strive to not measure things from my perspective but
to try to take the view of those involved.
Just some thoughts.
I used to be a Bear...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City