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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    Peter Thiel thinks college is a scam.
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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    Elon Musk, knows college is generally bad, he knows, he has a degree. I went to college for 3 years and learned how bad it was first hand. Here is what Elon thinks. . .
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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    People will tell you college is an experience that inspires you to strive for more, to be your best. But in reality, it creates a workforce of mindless drones, set to take orders from the corporate hierarchy. It does not create the Steve Jobs of the world. College is not for people that have problems with authority, who believe their way is the best way. But also readily look for mentors and others to help them grow as a person. For those who seek out problems to solve and have an unquenchable thirst to continually learn about the world around them. And most importantly, for those who know they were put on this planet to serve the greater good. That their purpose is to help others more than they help themselves.
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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    A whole lot of women are in big trouble, 1 out to 5 are taking psychotropic medication for metal disorders (twice the rate that young men do) Many women are graduating from colleges with worthless degrees with no hope of finding a job and an insane amount of college loan debt that they must pay back. Too many times a college degree is a curse and not a blessing. I know a woman who was a theatre major, when she could not find a job, so she went back to school. She ended up with a Ph.D. in Theatre and over $600,000 in student loan debt, she is currently teaching high school theater in the San Francisco area part time and making under $30,000 a year and does not have a place of her own to live at, she is so depressed, she hates her life. She feels like she has destroyed her life with debt she can never repay. Young people need to be told just how life wrecking ending up with a degree that will not get you a job and an mountain of school debt is. They need to be very sure that if they go to college the degree is worth the money they will spend on it. There are too many people misleading young people with lies like: GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING! FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW!!!! Everyone has limits and should learn what they are, I learned many of my limits in scouting. I learned the important lesson that if I mess up, I can fail and bad things happen. Some kids are so protected from any failure by lawn mower parents that they are delusional that they can do anything and it will work out fine, they feel like they can never fail and there is nothing to worry about. Girls and boys should think very carefully and make good decisions that will not destroy their life before they really get started. They need to pick a life path that is right for themselves, that they can develop the skills to be successful at and make a living doing. They should resist the pressure to become something that they do not have the skills or desire to do. Many young people are being smart by avoiding the pitfall that college can be. College is fast becoming an outdated thing anyway. I can freely study any subject I wish pretty much free of charge on the internet and reach leaves of knowledge far beyond what colleges offer. Once a person learns how to learn on their own, college is pretty meaningless, in fact it is a waste of time and money. Many young people are starting their own successful businesses and avoiding college all together and doing very well. One thing every young person need to learn is: BE PREPARED! . . . . if you mess up on the college thing, you might not be prepared for what comes next. . . . if you do the college thing right you might end up with a useful degree that will prepare you for what comes next. . .
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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    We would be a lot better off is we based hiring people and college admissions on merit and merit alone.
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    Simply falling behind or is it more complicated?

    More and more men do not want to go to college, they see it as a waste of time and not worth the cost. Women keep going because it is drilled into them they MUST GO TO COLLEGE!!! More and more businesses see most degrees as mostly worthless and now looking for people with ability and not a piece of paper that says they are smart. I found out in 1987 that college was a waste of time, when my UCSC Computer Engineering program was de-accredited at the beginning of my 3rd year and the most complex thing they ever "taught" me was Ohm's law, something I mastered in 3rd grade. And things have gotten much worse, collages are dropping programming languages like JAVA, Python, C++, C# and instead embracing the Scratch programming language. . . which is a fine language for 4th through 8th graders, but is beyond silly as a college level language. There are College Electrical Engineering students using snap circuit kits and Lego mind storms in their classes. I have meet electrical engineering graduates that did not know what a "white sheet" was or how to read it and they did not even understand simple things like voltage regulation. A PHD College professor and dear friend, who taught advanced medicine a few years back, told me she was frightened by the lack of reasoning skills her students displayed. Almost none of them had the skills needed to think like a doctor. All they could really do is input data into a computer and do what the computer told them to do without questioning or thinking or knowing why. I spent a whole day teaching a grade school science teacher with a masters in education what all those weird science toys in her 6th grade science class room did and what the basic science behind them was and how to use them to teach lessons to kids. . . it is a weird world where a old boy scout / lumber jack spends the day showing a science teacher with a masters degree how to "science" and how to make it fun. (That was my good turn for the day, I did it free of charge.) Colleges are happy to dumb classes down to welcome in more students to rake in more money.
  7. Yes, there is a war on boys and men and it is horrible. The same people that are waging war on boys are also waging war on girls and women. Boys are being treated like toxic monsters that need to be drugged into submission and girls are brain washed into thinking they are helpless victims that can't do anything on their own and require special help to get anywhere in life and men are the eternal enemy and oppressors of women. Back when I was a kid, boys and girls liked one another and got along pretty well. My Boy Scout troop sold Christmas Trees along side the Girl Scouts and things were pretty dang swell. When I was a young man in college young men and young women got along great. Maybe if the BSA troop level scouters pull a fast one on BSA national and follow the model of Girl Troops and Boy Troops instead of just going co-ed, we might end up with something very special, girls and boys getting along again. Boys becoming fine men and girls becoming fine women. I wonder what kind of kids an Eagle Scout Man and an Eagle Scout Woman would raise? BSA is still a spark of hope in a world that has lost its mind.
  8. As a member of GSUSA and BSA, I think girls will do fine in a BSA program, it is a fine program for boys and girls. What I do see going haywire are the adults, I see adults destroying programs in GSUSA and BSA because of selfish reasons, power trips, and sheer stupidity. What I see going wrong is not the fault of the program or the youth. The biggest problem is adults coming in with their own ideas on how to run things that go against the methods and aims of scouting and create a boring adult run program that drives the kids away in droves.
  9. A Girl Scout troop is only as good as its leaders make it. There is one book that every new Girl Scout leader should read, it covers things that GSUSA training does a poor job covering: Starting a Troop: A Guide for New Girl Scout Leaders by Rae Brewer If you know any new Girl Scout troop leader, get them this book. There are things in there they need to know to have a successful troop. It was a real help to our troop.
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    Oct 1, 2018 - GSS ends Patrol Method?

    What do you do when you have a group of boys that have no interest in a patrol method and just want to hang out with their buddies and have fun and just want to leave all the leadership stuff and planning to the adults. . . even though the adults are coaching and training the boys to lead the program? Sometimes when boys are allowed to "do whatever they want" (within the limits of safety, finances, and remaining in the game of scouting) they can sometime choose the easy, but boring path, and then complain about how they never get to do anything fun. Maybe they choose the easy boring path because they are overwhelmed by school and sports and to them Scouts is a place to hang out with their friends and talk, and expect the adults do most of the planning. It depends on who the boys pick as the SPL, there are SPLs that don't want a boy lead troop and then there are ones that would not have it any other way.
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    Lawnmower Parents

    Please step aside Helicopter Parents there is a new, even worse form of parent taking the field. https://www.weareteachers.com/lawnmower-parents/ I know some scouts that are near getting their eagle that have their mom stepping in and speaking to the scout master and SPL on the their behalf, for easy things like if they were or were not going on the next trip.. I have seen moms acting as a buffer between between merit badge councilors and scouts, to really help speed things up. I have been to Camp-O-Rees where at 2am Saturday morning a group of dads were busy building the award wining pioneering project while the boys slept. So I have seen these take charge parents in the wild. . . I just did not know it was such a wide spread thing.
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    Adult led and youth led

    The BSA best training I ever had as just sitting around with old timer scout masters and newly minted scout masters at summer camp talking for hours about the game of scouting, and life in general. We talked about the fun times and bad times, what worked and what didn't. Oh, the stories!
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    Adult led and youth led

    We run a scout led, adult mentored troop.
  14. "We can and must work together as one team, old and young, across generations." "Young people respect and are willing to learn from well-intentioned people of their parents’ and grandparents’ generations. By using the skills that we are learning here at Wood Badge, we will be able to work together to find solutions. The Millennials are open to partnership—be sure that YOU are. They have much to share and to say, so listen to them. Find your shared vision and make it a reality. Scouting tomorrow will be as different from today as we are now from 30 years ago. Together we can create the greatest change in Scouting history and equip our next generation of leaders to build upon our legacy."
  15. Wood Badge Day Four: Generations in Scouting (Troop Presentation) Time Allowed 60 minutes Learning Objectives As a result of this activity, participants will be able to ■ Understand generational differences as another aspect of diversity. ■ Consider how these differences impact each group. ■ Understand the “adult led, youth run” aspects of a unit. ■ Learn ways to work together across generations for a better future. Materials Needed ■ Adhesive notes labeled with generationally diverse character names ■ Small group activity worksheets/situations ■ Handout with characteristics of each generation ■ Flip chart pad and markers
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    Lawnmower Parents

    What is weird is when I was a scout in the 1970's I never once remember hearing the words, "Wood Badge". I was a scout for 6 years and had no clue what wood badge was. My scout master had a funny looking neckerchief slide made of leather and some beads, but he never once talked about what that was. I knew all about the Order of the Arrow, we all thought that was a really cool group. Now days scouts and scouters hear about wood badge all the time. At distinct events and summer camp wood badgers will stop scouters at random and spread the good news of wood badge, and the scouts have to listen again and again to the same old story of how life changing wood badge is. . . (the truth is they need warm bodies at the next wood badge class and this wood badger has a ticket that a goal to recruit X number of scouters to go to wood badge) I can't remember a camp-o-ree that I went to over the last 7 years that did not have their camp fire taken over by wood badgers. It really spoils the camp fire for the scouts, it is boring to everyone to listen to the same old speech about how great wood badge is and how to sign up today, followed by a bunch of mean spirited inside jokes (possibly off colored, I don't know) and name calling and hazing between the wood badgers, I can never make heads or tails of it. The wood badge program always seems to run about 45 minutes. The worst is when they subject CUB SCOUTS to this non-sense. The poor cubs were expecting a fun camp fire program and they end up with a SURPRISE wood badge beading campfire program, instead.
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    Lawnmower Parents

    Camp-o-ree event that I have seen in person, a few months ago. Rocket Launching Contest: (Lawn Mower Scouter Style) Goal, scouts launch a solid fuel model rocket and try to land it closest to a marked target area. The patrol that lands their rocket closest to the target wins the contest. No farther instructions are given to the scouts, other than "stand in line over there." An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) loads a rocket engine into the rocket. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) packs the wadding and rocket recovery device. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) installs electric rocket engine ignition device. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) places rocket on launch pad. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) aims launch pad to adjust for wind. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) hooks up micro clips to the igniter. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) picks one of the scouts to launch the rocket. An adult (event staff and wood badge trained) pushes the safety button to allow the launch button to work. SCOUT PUSHES BUTTON!!! Another adult (event staff) measures the distance to target that the rocket landed and carries the rocket back. Later that night at the campfire (after the very long and boring Wood Badge part of the camp fire) an award is given out to the patrol that landed closest to the target.
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    Business Insider interview - Sylvia Acevedo, CEO GUSA

    Girls love GSUSA, it is run in a way that the girls like. Around here there are at least 3 times more Girl Scouts than Boy Scouts. Of course I live in the mountains and it is a scouting paradise and the girls get to camp and hike and do all sorts of outdoor stuff. GSUSA really does care about running a program that the girls like. I am part of the GSUSA myself and I see BSA changing bit by bit to be more like the GSUSA.
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    Lawnmower Parents

    I found another interesting link, it is a book review on a book about safetyism: https://quillette.com/2018/09/02/is-safetyism-destroying-a-generation/ Here is a quote from the book review: The dangers of safety culture "Haidt and Lukianoff focus on the unintended consequences of safetyism – the idea that people are weak and should be protected, rather than exposed, to challenges. Safety culture has the best of intentions: protect kids from danger. It began with a focus on physical safety – removing sharp objects and choke hazards, requiring child seats, and not letting children walk home alone. Safety, however, has experienced substantial concept creep. It now includes emotional safety, that is, not being exposed ideas that could cause psychological distress. Taken together, the focus on physical and mental safety makes young people weaker." It looks to me that good old patrol method scouting is going against the general direction of society. It makes scouting less popular to people that see it as too dangerous. On the positive side any boy that takes part in a good scouting program is going to be light years beyond his non-scout peers in ability to deal with problems and complexity. When I see a young scout go to scout summer camp for the first time I almost always see a huge change in them for the better when they get back. I hope scouting does not adopt safeyism to the point that it is no longer a life changing experience and is just a glorified one stop babysitting service for today's busy parents.
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    Lawnmower Parents

    The parents are stepping in to make sure their kid has an advantage over the other kids and to make sure their kid wins. They end up spoiling things for everyone else. As a kid the victory is not as meaningful when you know your parents did it for you. In our troop the boys have to do almost everything themselves and we loose the contests most of the time, but the boys can see with their own eyes what is going on. The boys in my troop would rather do things themselves and loose than have it done for them. I do not understand why some scouter parents behave the way they do.
  21. It sounds like your pack is doing a good job welcoming the girls. At this point, we are so far down this rabbit hole I would like to see BSA hit the gas, not the brakes. I think it would would be great if BSA removed all pictures of boys from their web site and all magazines. Only show girls, and make sure most of the girls are people of color. Go all in. Focus only on girls and female scouters. Go in 100% and see what happens. Do it for at least a year or two. I have reached a state of peace with what is going on. I have reach a state of acceptance. I try to only worry about things that I have the power to control, I have almost zero influence over what BSA does, it is a waste of time to worry about BSA national matters. I am grateful that live in a magical time. I get to be a scouter and my son is a scout during the last days of the Boy Scouts. My son will be one of the last Boy Scouts as that title fades into the dust bin of history. We live in interesting times. I like to read things and talk about all things BSA, because it is interesting to me. Not because I can really change anything.
  22. Yes, when a boy wants to join the Boy Scouts and does an google search to find out more, maybe try to find a troop, they will most likely end up on scouting.org. You are right, I do not know what the big picture of what is going on a large scale. I just see a tiny piece of the world, and my piece of the world is not at all like the rest of the world. I will have to wait and see what happens. Boy's Life said many months ago that they were going to change their name this October to "welcome the girls to scouting" . . . I am wondering if they are still still have the guts to do so.
  23. The boys notice stuff like this, even if they don't say anything. What boys will do is walk away from scouting or never join in the first place. Some moms notice stuff like this and get very upset, more so then the dads. Our troop is having to deal with moms that want to pull their boys out of scouting over this even though our troop will not be changing any. It seems like recruiting is extra hard this year, the near by troops are down to 2 or 3 boys, a few years ago they had a lot of boys. I do not know if it has anything to do with BSA focusing on girls. The Girl Scout troops are growing like gang busters around here.
  24. How to do a teaching presentation with a small group: Know the subject really well. Take a bullet point outline of the subjects being covered. Bring interesting props. Bring hands on materials for the people to work with. HAVE FUN!!! Walk around in front of the group and make eye contact from time to time, with one person at a time, talk to that one person, in a loud but kind voice. Value each person. Allow extra time to allow members of the group to talk about their life experience on the subject at hand. If you can work input from people in the group into your presentation, DO SO. Be kind. Have Fun! Be open to learning new things yourself from the people in the group. Almost everyone knows something you don't. Make it your goal to always be learning and always improve yourself. Be humble. Be self aware. Be aware of what is going on around you. Great teachers are even greater students, great leaders are great follows. --------------------------- After you are done, think about what you just did. How did people react to it, how can you improve? Did everyone walk away with a sad face, thankful the presentation is over and they can leave now? or Are they smiling, laughing, gathered around you shaking your hand thanking you because that was AMAZING! Do they end up hanging around talking to you and asking for contact information.
  25. It almost sounds like you are trying to shame me, point out you are better than me and telling me what to do. Interesting, I do get that a lot, I have can come to expect it. Men like me are not wanted by my district, I was even told so by a high level at district wood badger when I offered to help with district level training. So, my troop is my family, they want me around. The Girl Scouts call on me from time to time to do training classes, and they are always joy to be around. I would do it for free, but they almost always give gift me with smiles, patches and cookies. I have a winter coat covered in Girl Scout patches and my GSUSA membership pin. I even had the joy of running 2 huge over night science camps with over a hundred girls. . . the high light of that night was getting to do a campfire magic science show / Girl Scout camp fire program, it was so much fun. I know a great scouter we called "Old Joe" he was a scout master for a long time and I took my scout master training class with him, it was an amazing class. It was story after story of his experiences as scout master, how the patrol method worked, how we should not focus on advancement, the boys will advance simply by doing scout things, if the boys are not advancing you are scouting wrong. The boys at some point need to lead their own journey to eagle, if that is what they want to do. He told us that even if you have a boy in your troop for a month or two the experience would plant seeds that would change the boys life for ever. Old Joe did crazy high adventure stuff, solo, and with his troop. He did an amazing outdoor adventure blog with tips and how to camp/hike/mountain climb/white water/cook His IOLS training course was done by himself alone, with no flip charts, in the woods. He is the type of guy that by just being Joe ends up with people following him, people love being around Joe because he is one of those guys that radiates scout spirit. I was signed up to take the course with Joe and was looking forward to it. . . ... then something really bad happened. Joe was dismissed as a trainer by district. Joe did nothing wrong. It was a really ugly mess. There are people at my district level that do not want any "super star scouters" that people naturally wanted to follow. If you have people like around they might out shine the "truly" important people that nobody wants to follow. Joe was dismissed, because someone at district got jealous of him. I know how that goes, I was pushed out of my job of running science summer camps, because I had become a super star that the kids flocked to and my boss got jealous that was becoming more important then her. She worried the summer program relayed too much on me, so they got rid of me. . . and in two years the whole summer program collapsed and she was fired by the board.
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