Re: General MB requirements ???
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 20:08:45 GMT
On Aug 05, 1996 13:55:05, 'Donald R Izard <dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU>' wrote:
>When a requirement of ANY MB, says something like
>describe 2 ways to do "SOMETHING", or explain HOW to
>do "SOMETHING" or Show an example of "something",
>is it OK to ask the Scout to present the material
>in a neatly written form, like in a notebook?
I believe that the words in the mb requirements should be read with their
plain meaning. Those requirements that are meant to be in writing are
usually pretty clearly stated as "Write a report" "Describe in writing"
etc. Absent a phrase like that I think that when it says "tell" or
"describe" the intention is that it be oral. "Show" or "demonstrate" imply
a physical action of some sort. I believe that to require written
explanations of things that are meant to be oral is adding additional
I know that others here will disagree, because they have in the past, and
argue that you can tell about something in writing or describe it in
writing but my own personal opinion is that the intent of these
requirements is for an oral interaction with the counselor.
>Or is this getting into that grey area of ADDING
>more than required? Granted the report might has
>been done by a parent, or an older brother, or
>even copied from a WEB site or AOL library file.
If I am worried about the integrity of the Scout to the extent that I have
to worry whether he has actually written something that he purports to have
written then there are problems far more serious than the ones we are
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City