Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: retest at SM conf
Re: retest at SM conf
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 16:24:29 -0400
On Tue, 13 Oct 1998, Robert Losee wrote:
> Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> > The difference is that the "skills" taught in school are directly related
> > to the aims of the school. In Scouting, however, the skills being tested
> > are merely part of the game we use to achieve aims totally unrelated to
> > the skills themselves, in most cases.
> Here I must disagree. I think the primary job of schools is to develop good
> citizens. I'm a believer if you will in a liberal arts education. That is that
Geez, I hope you don't pitch that theory to your son's teacher. (g)
I have to agree with Bruce that the "skills" of education are directly
relevant to the "aims" of education. Now those skills may very well
translate to other aims, but you can be a good citizen without being
educated (see: the majority of the Revolutionary Army; See Also: WW 1
Draft Registration cards and 1900/1910 Federal census records).
Obviously then, it is equally possible to be an educated poor citizen.
(Yes, I support a more humanities-oriented education, and I'll even agree
that the skills necessary to earning a post-graduate degree are probably
worth more than the degree itself, but the purpose of education is to