Re: Eagle letter/Rec
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:39:50 -0400
> From: Tony Woodard <wony99@JUNO.COM>
> Date: Wednesday, June 17, 1998 1:13 AM
> </can of worms>
> I also know that these letters are never to be seen by the boy. I have
> never been given the exact reason for this, but the letters are for the
> information of the Eagle Board only.
> Let the confusion and conversation ensue.
Well, that one is easy. Since you want the person writing the
recommendation to be frank, you solicit these as confidential
recommendations, just like MOST reference or recommendation letters are.
If you promise the author that the letter will be confidential, you
clearly can't show it to the subject. Of course, the author is free to do
so, and I'm sure many or most of them do.
Also, if you got in the habit of showing the letters to the candidate,
what would you do when someone wrote something that you would prefer not
to show him? How would you answer the question "Where is the letter from
Mr. X?" It is certainly easier to just have a blanket policy of never
disclosing these letters to the candidate.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City