Re: General MB requirements ???
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 21:11:09 -0400
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?
And Bruce Cobern responded:
>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.
I agree with Bruce's viewpoint of both the meaning and intent of the
words/phrases discussed. With one small point of departure - How does the
Scout believe he should "describe"? I would probably accept a written
description from a Scout I counselled, as long as it got the message across.
But as I said, I see it the way Bruce described it for us in his post.
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