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Boy Scouts Consider Recruiting Girls — and the Girl Scouts are livid

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The Boy Scouts of America announced today they are considering recruiting girls as their membership numbers have been steadily dwindling — and the Girl Scouts are not pleased.

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, the president of Girl Scouts of the USA called the Boy Scouts’ “covert campaign” to recruit girls “reckless” and “unsettling” in a scathing and strongly worded letter.

They also condemned the idea that “running a program specifically tailored to boys can simply be translated to girls.”

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“It is inherently dishonest to claim to be a single gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a coed model,” Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA’s national president said in the letter to BSA’s national president, Randall Stephenson, and the entire BSA board.

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“We are confused as to why, rather than working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls,” the letter said. 

A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts also told Buzzfeed that the move is a “potentially dangerous and bad idea,” and cited research that supports “single gender programming” — which says that when it comes to scouting, girls learn best in an all-girls environment.

Hannan concluded her letter by requesting BSA to “stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts” and “not consider expanding to recruit girls.”

For their part, the Boy Scouts claim that they are simply attempting to make scouting more accessible by allowing the whole family to participate in a single group.

Effie Delimarkos, a BSA spokesperson, told BuzzFeed that no decisions have been made yet about whether or not they will actually open their ranks to girls.

“Based on numerous requests from families, the Boy Scouts has been exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family – boys and girls,” Delimarkos said in a statement. “No decisions have been made.”

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Harvard Law School Planning Conference to Smear and Silence Homeschoolers

It seems doubtful the conference will feature parents’ rights advocates.

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Harvard Law School is planning a conference on the topic of homeschooling, with speakers and content of the tenative June summit suggesting the event will be very negative towards the practice.

The Homeschooling Summit: Problems, Politics, and Prospects for Reform is planned for June 18-19th. The conference listing states that a focus of the conference will be to “discuss child rights in connection with homeschooling in the United States.”

Further investigation of the conference’s premise suggests it’s outright hostile to the notion of homeschooling entirely. One event scheduled for the second day of the conference is entitled “Concerns with Homeschooling.”

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The Home School Legal Defense Association questioned what seemed to be the outright hostility to homeschooling that will be part of the event, pointing out the concerning public statements of some of the educators participating in the summit.

The pro-homeschooling rights group highlighted the anti-homeschooling track records of the event’s speakers.

Some, such as College of William and Mary law professor James Dwyer, have fundamentally questioned the rights of parents to homeschool their children. Dwyer has argued in law review article that “the claim that parents should have child-rearing rights—rather than simply being permitted to perform parental duties and to make certain decisions on a child’s behalf in accordance with the child’s rights—is inconsistent with principles deeply embedded in our law and morality.”

It almost seems anachronistic that the fixings of elite cultural liberalism are maintaining themselves in the midst of the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic, an event that has actually forced the American public and policy makers to focus on things that matter. This anti-homeschooling summit might end up being cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic. But it any case, Harvard Law’s academic elites seem intent to question the rights of homeschoolers either way.

 

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