Re: Commissioner's College
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 13:52:57 -0600
On Sat, 8 Jun 1996 jacobi.PARC@xerox.com wrote:
> This isn't exactly my problem. I don't care a bit whether fraudulent
> people use unearned academic degrees or not. I do care about the situation
> when an innocent person is accused of doing so because of stupid names in
> a harmless training program. Where I grew up this is a serious accusation.
I would have to disagree with your characterization of "stupid names."
I think the point here is that resolution of the problem properly resides
with the"accusers" and not with the "innocent person" to whom you refer.
This is clearly a case of the "tail wagging the dog," if you'll pardon the
Why should a program change its entire emphasis and style because of an
isolated incident? Yes, the person affected is important, but the "cure"
resides in informing the accusers that they are misinformed and have no
business making such allegations. There is too often a tendency for
"narrow-minded" folks to take such an approach whether intentionally or
because they do not understand the nature of the program.
As has been pointed out in other posts, if you explain this to them in
depth and with documentation, they may take an entirely different
viewpoint. If they do not, then perhaps they need to be told to "lighten
We cannot always persuade others to agree with our
way of thinking, but so long as our actions and intentions are ethical and
appropriate, then we should not have to defend them or change them because
someone else does not understand or agree with the methods and programs
used in Scouting training.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City