Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 20 Aug 1997 to 21 Aug 1997
Tony Preus (APREUS@BINGVMB.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 09:13:49 ECT
Merit Badge Written Test
I use a kind of written exam for Citizenship in the Community MB. It's aabo
ut 6 pages of questions about the community we live in, largely fill in the bla
nks, and I give it to a boy who is starting CitCom to go out and find the answe
rs as best he can. When he brings it back we can have a discussion about it, I
help him with the answers he didn't find, and sometimes I get some new question
s from boys. The major obstacle on CitCom for most of the boys is going to a lo
cal government meeting and getting a budget and then discussing that. The writt
en part, plus the xerox map of the area that I give them, is an efficient way t
o get past the relatively easy part.
I considered using a written exam for the Citizenship in the Nation MB, but
found that when I had well-informed candidates an oral discussion was absolutel
y sufficient. Again, the major obstacle is getting them to write to their congr
essman or senator. Anyhow most of the boys hate to write letters.
If I had a bunch of boys who wanted to do Citizenship in the World MB at the
same time, I would consider doing a written "pre-test" like CitComm. So much o
f it is essentially definition of terms. But so far I have done CitWor orally,
and that has worked out fine, provided that I limited candidates to those who h
ad completed 8th grade (they study that stuff in 8th in NY).
Quite a few MB's require essays; in a sense, those are take-home essay exams
that are part of the standard requirements. Environmental Science comes to min
d, and canoe is another.
YIS, Tony Preus, Troop 102, Johnson City NY
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