scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: 21 Scouts...
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Tue Nov 16 1999 - 16:52:51 CST
*MY* opinion, right or wrong:
On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, Terry Cook wrote:
> AVERAGE size of the Troops was 21 boys, hence 21 Scouts is the optimal size.
If that's what Irving concluded, someone down there needs to drop
by a public library and pick up a dictionary.
"Average" is a mathematical concept having NOTHING whatsoever to do with
quality, "arithematic mean" -- unless of course they want to aim for
"Optimal" is not a mathematical concept and has to do directly with
quality: "The best or most favorable condition for a particular
situation" according to my paperback dictionary.
Note that "typical" and "best" are generally mutually exclusive.
The "typical" Troop may have 21 Scouts, and mathematically, 21 may be the
mean number of Scouts per Troop, but neither makes 21 the "Best or most
favorable" number to have.
The problem with education in America today is that there is so little
of it. I believe that's a fair paraphrase of something Mark Twain is
accused of saying...or was it Will Rogers?
Sorry -- I've been editing all afternoon. :(