Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 10:21:34 -0500
On Dec 06, 1995 08:16:28, 'Stephen Hoar <hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL>'
>They may well be important but this still doesn't answer the question. How
>you know that the methods are working? What is the objective standard by
>you measure success? What are the measurement standards that BSA uses to
>the effectiveness of these methods. I see a lot of subjective assertions
>little in the actual long term measure of their effectiveness.
Why is it necessary that everything be evaluated OBJECTIVELY? Have we lost
our ability to perform meaningful SUBJECTIVE evaluation? Must we divide
our Scouts into control groups and expose one group to a placebo program we
call Scouting in order to see which group robs more banks?
It is very possible that NONE of our Scouts would develop any differently
were they not in Scouting because we are not the ONLY way that young men
can learn the things that Scouting attempts to teach. However, IMHO, that
is irrelevant. We are one of the ways these things are taught and there is
nothing wrong with believing that one of the reasons these young men
develop the way they do is because we have exposed them to Scouting.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City