scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Troop Report card and Junior Leader evaluations?
Darryl Hammill (darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET
Thu Jul 27 2000 - 13:19:17 CDT
I would not ever suggest we add to or take away from the existing BSA
rules and regs. Nevertheless, I respectfully disagree with you on these
two matters. If there is not some way for the young man to objectively
judge his own performance (or the lack thereof) how can he sit in a
Scoutmaster conference and "reflect" on what he learned? How can a Board
of Review objectively discuss his leadership role? Would some sort of
review process not also better prepare an Eagle candidate for his Eagle
Board of Review? In business a Review is supposed to be a two way street
between the manager and the employee; and it sets a criteria that is
based on consistent facts - not on someone's opinion.
As to a Troop report card - I always thought it amusing in a perverse
sort of way when students and even few professors theorized that grades
earned did not really matter - that the learning process was the real
benefit. How could a student or even the prof really judge their actual
performance under the "grades do not matter" theory? I realized real
fast, in my graduate school, that grades did matter.
As to loosing a "Scout run" program if some review process were
instituted, I have found the contrary to be true. When the SM or I
(Committee Chair) have gone to the PLC with an issue we would like to see
resolved not only were they more severe in their judgments, but often
their solutions carried a heavier burden. Case in point, a few years ago
we were fighting the "we do not want to wear the uniform" problem. We
asked the PLC of that time how they would like to address it. Their plan
required a full class A - not just the shirt. They created a little
competition between patrols, with small awards to the winning patrol. My
point is, us lowly adults would have been happy to see just the shirts -
they got all Class A. Furthermore, their judging is not as tolerant as
ours would be.
God knows I am not suggesting we take the fun out of Scouting, or that we
turn it into a place like school or a mini-boot camp. What I believe is
that if some review process is kept fair and equitable, the PLC will be
able to better determine which of their peers are doing adequate jobs for
the Troop, and which are not. Not based on opinion, but on a fair,
objective and consistent "report card".