Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Peer Review
Re: Peer Review
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 19:58:58 -0400
Paul Perkinz wrote:
> My interpretation of the quoted text from page 120 of the SM Handbook is
> that not only is Peer Review allowable, it is considered to be
> meritorious enough to be included in the text Scoutmasters should read
> as part of being a good leader. Yes, stipulations are described that
> prevent just any Scout from serving on a "Peer Review" function, but
> that wasn't addressed in Robin's original question (I don't remember it
> being so).
Well, I definitely have a different take on this <g>.
The so called "peer review" seems to me to harken back to the policies of a
few years ago, where the Boards of Review for rank through first class was
performed by the boys. This was changed to the current method when studies
showed that sometimes the boys were arbitrary in who they passed or failed.
The "testing" part of the four steps of advancement occur when the scout's
handbook is signed showing that he has completed the requirement. The
advancement policies are very clear that once a requirement is signed off,
the boy should not be tested on that requirement again. Therefore, any
"retesting" is wrong and against policy, no matter if it is done by the
troop committee as part of the BOR, by the SM or his designate as part of an
SM conference, or by a "peer review" before the SM conference.
Therefore, Robin, you are correct to be concerned, and should take action to
stop this practice in your troop.
Vice-Chair, Program Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge One
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