Re: Coed Troops
blaine a. jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 16:49:01 EST
On Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:28:53 -0600 "J. Hugh Sullivan"
>I can give you one answer. I have been a member our District Eagle
>Board of Review for about 25 years - Chair for the last 10-15. During my
>period I have asked each Eagle candidate what he thought about allowing
>to be members of Scout troops. Each has been against the idea!
>I think my phraseology passes any bias test and the candidate never
>learns what any member of the Board thinks of the possibility
I do not doubt the objectivity of your question to Eagle candidates, but
I think that before this is considered as a authoritative finding, the
situation should be considered.
You are asking a very nervous 14 to 17 year old a question he probably
has not thought about. He is being considered for (almost certainly) the
highest award he has ever earned. He knows that if he answers your
question "Yes, I think girls should be allowed in boy scouts.", you will
ask, "Why?" He will then be forced to try to defend an opinion contrary
to the rules of BSA; not a very welcome idea for a boy in his position.
While your other inquiries may be a better test, I suspect that they also
suffer from some of the same problem. In each case, if the boys says he
thinks co-ed boy scouts is a good idea, he can expect to have to defend
his opinion to an adult whom he probably assumes disagrees with him.
One thing virtually all of the boys have learned is to answer a difficult
question by telling us what we want to hear.
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