Re: Pluralism (long)
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Sat, 23 Nov 1996 14:12:49 -0800
As one of the belittlers of Pluralism, I wish I had your definition or
pluralism earler. Scouting has always tried to emphasise what we have in
common, while allowing us to be true to our heritage and culture. I
have had the same struggle that youu mention reaching boys of other
cultures or backgrounds. I have been uncomfortable when event
organizers didn't recognize differences; not everyone has the same
appreciation for evangelical services at a camporee.
I was responding to the definitions of Pluralism provided in this thread
that emphasised the PRESERVATION of islands of culture. This is bad, it
plays into the current rage in education theory to deny the quality of
American values. There is a subtle difference between sharing things in
common in a voluntary organization and cow towing to every difference in
a manditory one. By doing so you don't teach the ideals and values that
have been so successful and bind this country together.
You and I share similar goals, we just have different worries.
MCB Quantico VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City