Re: More collective wisdom.....3 questions
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 11 Oct 1996 12:42:00 -0400
On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Ned Jacklin wrote:
> Topic One
> Our Star and Life Scouts are very personable young men, living the
> Scout Law as far as I can tell. They're not all exactly at the top of
> the honors list at school, but they're doing well.
> On an Eagle application, (and merit badges with writing requirements)
> how picky should I be getting about grammar, spelling, penmanship, and
> so on? I realize these things are all very important in life, and you
> can see from my posts that I can write and spell. I don't really
> think I should be rejecting Scouts' work as though I'm their high
> school English teacher. I've only reviewed one Eagle application so
> far, and made suggestions on how to improve it and the cover letter to
> the District Advancement Chairman. I did not require it to be perfect
> before sending it on.
It seems to me that if a boy is trying to earn Eagle, we have a right to
expect coherence and literacy. Perhaps not perfection (hey, you wouldn't
believe the kinds of errors a grammarian can find in any paragraph!), but
subject-verb agreements, correct usage of pronouns, vocabulary with at
least two alternatives to "said", and the ability to know when to use
here or hear should certainly be evident in what will become an archival
The Scout should be made aware (painfully, if necessary) that throughout
life he will be judged on his writing, spelling, and penmanship. It is
undeniably unfair, but equally true, that ALL of us have a bias toward
the memo that is legible, concise, and clear. If necessary, you might
pass the Scout a note in a fair approximation of his own handwriting and
style. They fairly quickly see the point.
> Topic Two
> How widely varied is the difficulty of Eagle projects. In our
Very. All over the board.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City