I’m Underpaid

A part of Boo’s promotion requirements to first class scout included talking to a civil servant about the Constitution. There may have been more to it than that, but that’s the important part. He and a couple of other scouts chose to talk with one of the scout dads that was at camp for the week.

As they sat down, the dad started talking about “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” An honest enough mistake, right? In fact, you might even be reading this and wondering what was wrong.

Boo caught it right away. He said, “Actually, that’s the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution is the one that starts, ‘We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union…” and then proceeded to rattle off the whole preamble.

The dad said, “You’re right! I got the wrong document!” and they moved on with the discussion.

I think we should all stand up and applaud Boo’s history teacher, don’t you think?

Oh, wait…

More Mac and Cheese, please!


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  • The first year my son went to Cub Scout Camp they grouped the Cubs together with some older Scouts who proceeded to give them a lesson on the American flag. It was his very first day, but he had to raise his hand and correct them. They tried to tell the boys that the Texas flag could be raised higher than the American, it being the only state with that honor. This is a common misconception in Texas; it’s a favorite down here. My son said that was not actually the case. The class leader had to reluctantly tell the class that Nicholas was correct. They also tried to tell the boys that the American flag goes behind the color guard (?) when, in fact it goes in front. I’m a little fuzzy on the details on that one, but I know my son spoke up and his troop changed the way they do it. Three cheers to Boo and Nick’s teachers. They. Are. AWESOME. And duly patriotic. 😉

  • Tami- I have to admit that I was grinning pretty widely when Boo was telling me this story. It does feel good to know that some of what we teach really does sink in!

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