Coed and Norman's post
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 09:03:13 -0600
Norman MacLeod <gaelwolf@DMV.COM> wrote:
Subject: Re: coed troops
>What we have to remember, though, is that the phraseology
>of an interview question can easily serve to turn the answer
>in one direction or another
I believe most people on this forum knew that - even before it was pointed
out again and again.
>I can easily ask the question about girls joining Packs and
>Troops in several different ways, and get several different
>answers from just about anyone, especially if I am talking to
And, knowing the potential for bias, I can avoid it. It would be ignorant to
do what you mention if you truly want to know what they think.
>The Scouts in these reviews know at least something about
>Hugh and the questions he is going to ask,
My personal views about certain positions, specifically those covered in the
newsgroups, have never come up anywhere else. A position might be assumed -
if one cares to assume. Eagle candidates here know some of the topics we
will ask them to address. Since we never express our point of view they are
free to respond as they will; that's the coaching they get. Plus, "don't try
to figure out what they want to hear - answer truthfully or they'll trap you".
>They are also aware of his Scouting background in many instances.
It's hard for a 53 year 5 palm Eagle, Vigil, Silver Beaver to hide. They
know me from Woodbadge, Jambo and Philmont, too. Frankly, I'm supposed to be
out in the open helping others.
>I'm sure you had a pretty good idea of the attitudes of the members
>of your Board of Review before you went in and sat down with them,
The candidates don't even know who will sit on our Board, except for me,
until they see us that night. I vary the people. Your presumption, for our
Board at least, is wrong.
Your attempt to use me as a whipping boy, Norman, as opposed to voicing your
views in general terms is out-of-bounds. It works well on the newsgroups but
not on Scouts-L where some decorum is expected.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City