scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Scouting and Citizenship - at Question?
John M. Ballenger (ballengerj@COMPUSERVE.COM
Mon Nov 15 1999 - 16:54:00 CST
>> Schools don't really teach citizenship, and not much
fitness either. <<
I'm not sure I can agree with that; at least not in Fairfax County,
Virginia. Participation in athletics is very high here. And I am
impressed with the knowledge the boys already have when I instruct
Citizenship in the Nation. We often have lively debates about the 2nd
Amendment and what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Also, some of
the public school classes have mandatory public service requirements. The
National Honor Society also imposes public service obligations. But
*patriotism* and love of country are more difficult to discern, and more
difficult to teach. If you have some ideas about how to do it, I would
love to hear them.
>> Should young men (or women) today, not believe that they
have some obligation to serve our country? <<
I agree with you here. I have long felt that there should be mandatory
public service of some kind for young men and women. I lived in Mexico for
a summer, and it is my recollection that they have a mandatory requirment
for one or two years of public service. I think a lot of people agree with
me, but the politicians seem to feel that it would be too expensive to fund
national public service.
E-mail from: John M. Ballenger, 15-Nov-1999