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  •  I think of a Boy Scout troop (1+ / 0-)
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    to which a number of the boys I coached in Boys JV soccer belonged.  They have a very high rate of Eagle Scout achievers.  I have been to one ceremony, was invited to several others.  

    I know girls who are in scouting - I have written of the one group of 6 of my girls who spent a weekend discussing the Commerce Clause as a result of being in my AP Government class, because the prominent attorney father of one wrote me about it.

    I have done college recommendations for many kids.  I can remember perhaps 10 who mentioned among their achievements being an Eagle Scout.  I do not remember a single one mentioning receiving her Gold award.  

    Does that mean women's achievements are belittled?

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 07:29:31 AM PDT

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      I am wondering if a restructuring of Girl Scouts for high school age students is needed, along with a strong PR push to announce the female version of Eagle Scout.

      Without that title of transformation, that "becoming", then yes, I do think it belittles young women as their efforts have no meaning to the general population outside of girl scouting.

      Girls tended to drop out of scouting when boys are working on making Eagle scout rank. I'm sure boys do drop out as well, but could it be that they are aware their efforts would be better recognized on the soccer field or the debate team?

      Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science. Robert Green Ingersoll

      by offred on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 07:39:45 AM PDT

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