Re: what a rush
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 17:01:22 -0400
In a message dated 96-07-20 10:00:18 EDT, redean@WORLDNET.ATT.NET (Ronald
>Anyway , when I stop in to have lunch with my
>son,all the boy's in my Den greet me, some loudly. This does not sit well
>with the monitors. One time a boy turned in his seat just to wave hello, and
>was reprimanded. I remind them of the rules, but neglect no one.
We start to stifle the wonder, creativity and sense of justice in kids when
we send them to schools where they are assigned seats in neat rows, told to
sit down and be quiet, and ask permission to perform normal human
communication or bodily functions.
Then I, as a management consultant, get paid big bucks (when I get paid!) to
take these same kids and try to teach them that their economic lives and
safety depend on their standing up, speaking out, and doing what needs to be
done when they discover it needs to be done.
Scouting lets kids be noisy, teaches them to be safe, and gives them
important social and problem solving skills they don't learn in the schools.
If I had to pick one over the other, want to guess which way I'd go?
Where do elementary teachers get these weird ideas? Why do we tolerate such
abuses on children? Do lunchrooms need to be quiet? Aren't we raising axe
murderers when we force them to eat in silence, like prisoners?
My thoughts only, no need to respond . . .
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City