Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Is it just me?
Re: Is it just me?
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 08:52:23 -0400
Mike, et al:
Garfield is the acceptable "G".
Sounds like this young woman "educator" has a great potential as a
political "spin doctor", ;-) as in: "even though mustard gas can cause
irrepairable damage, it has made people aware of the dangers of chemical
Or, does it also tell us something about the marketing acumen of the
professionals in Irving? Marketing over principles? The medium is the
Surely, (some of) the characters on the Children's Television Workshop
which promote cooperation, etc. are better models.
Mike wrote, in part,:
> you can sometimes realize that your own thinking can
> have a lot of adult bias and blind you a little bit. And so it was that I
> was educated by younger folk. A fifteen year old explained to me what I
> should have remembered from training. She informed me that at ages 7-9 a
> lot of kids are just like Garfield - a little self-centered, a little lazy,
> and a little selfish. This is the age when a lot of socialization starts to
> take place, where the boys learn to get along as a group and do things
> together. She felt that Garfield as a mascot was great because it tells
> kids that if someone as selfish, self-centered, and self-indulgent as
> Garfield can become a Scout, they can too.
And, I thought I'd keep out of this one. ;-)