Re: WARNING: First Class in One Year may lead to Weak Eagles (lo
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 07:17:09 +0000
I can see that your troop believes in getting the family - school - Scout
order of priority. However, I can't see the justification for having
a GPA as a condition of appointment.
My understanding of statistics is that in any normal distribution
of scores half the subjects will be below average - by definition.
That means that your policy is saying that only kids in the top
half of academic performance will be allowed to stand.
Note the word performance, not ability or effort. A very bright
kid from a supportive home might be capable of >3 and would walk
it ... but what about a kid who is trying hard but is just not too bright,
or has problems at home, or has a medical condition that means he misses
out on education ... ?
B-P was keen to avoid too strong a link between Scouting and school ...
maybe because he was not a great student at school, and only started
working hard when faced with the army entrance examination, which
he then passed with distinction.
Ian N Ford
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City