Re: Retesting and "Microinterpretation"
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 08:55:00 +0000
CHUCK BRAMLET<chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU> wrote:
>I sure would like someone to enlighten me as to how the BoR is to make
>sure that the boy has met all the requirements without asking him
>anything about them. I am not advocating a retest, either. but I
>don't think a "spot check" is out of line.
There are a number of ways to accomplish this at the BoR and you can
learn a lot more than if the Scout can simply tie the knot. No offense, Chuck,
but asking "Have you ever used a sheet bend?" and "How did you use it?"
is a more creative, subtle, and informative way of accomplishing what
your question/demo does.
The first question tells us two important things -
1 - Has the Scout used a Sheet bend?
2 - Is the SM assuring that Troop activities utilize Scout Skills?
The second is incredibly important since the BoR is also when the
committee checks up on the SM, and the program, as well as the Scout
before them. If the Scout has never used the knot, your problem is with
the SM, not the Scout.
The second question also provides information -
1 - Does the Scout know the proper use of the sheet bend?
2 - Is the SM assuring that the Junior Leaders are instructing properly?
Again, the second piece of information is very important.
Any Scout can review the requirements and study for a BoR, but that is
not the sole purpose of a BoR. The BoR is a Quality Assurance step
and is the best time for the Committee to get real feedback on how
well the SM is doing his job. Discoveries about how Junior Leaders
train younger Scouts, how well the Junior Leaders are trained themselves,
how well the SM guides the PLC in putting together a proper program, and
how well the adult Leaders interact with the Scouts are far more valuable
than the individual scout's ability to remember something as esoteric as
tying a sheet bend (the one knot I have NEVER found a use for outside
of the requirements calling for it).
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