Re: BOR Help -- to retest?
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 11:21:42 -0500
On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> Isn't it amazing how many people are more concerned about whether a Scout
> can tie a not or bake a pie and are so much less concerned about what kind
> of citizen they are growing up to be? It gets real frustrating at times
> (including within my own troop because the advancement chairman refuses to
> let go of the skills questions at the lower ranks, although we also ask the
> other stuff).
I 'spect it comes down to what can be readily measured. I can measure
whether a scout can tie a bowline: just put a rope in front of him. Its
a binary test (either he does it, or he don't). The test is very
accurate and very precise. Anyone else conducting the same test on the
same scout will get the same result.
I can't as readily measure whether the scout is a good citizen, or is
reverent, or loyal, or brave. What ever test I use will not be
either/or, won't be accurate, won't be precise. And, different testers
can get different results. Its very subjective.
Perhaps its because we don't talk ethics and morals amongst ourselves, we
don't try to puzzle through some of the gray areas, or we pretend for the
scouts that the world is black and white - without helping them with a
map of the gray areas. (E.g., When does my religion's commandment that I
proselytize the world cause me to become disrespectful of your religion
and, therefore, not reverent?)
So, the default is to not delve into the scout's moral development at SM
conference or BOR time. (He hasn't been caught stealing from other
scouts since last summer's camp. I guess he's "trustworthy" this week.
So what if his mother "helped" him a lot with his Eagle project. He is,
after all, kinda "slow" and need help.)
> Thanks for your support. Sometimes I get the feeling that there are too
> few of us and too many of them.
That's not the problem: in a democracy, "they're" always in charge. If I
could just be czar... :-)
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City