No chance the Army would do a wholesale scrapping of its protocols, honor systems and training regimens to accommodate the likes, wants, patterns and desires of a demographic, is there?
Del-Com’s secondary schools have moved their start time later to match teens’ sleep patterns
If you bother to go to the link, please note at whose expense (we assume from the write-up) this grand design where 16,17, 18-year-olds are going to get to stay up half the night and sleep the morning away comes. That’s right, the little tykesters. The schedule, in fact everybody in the community’s schedule, is going to change and the tots are going to have to get up earlier and commence gulping the coffee so they can begin at an earlier hour absorbing the multiculturalism, environmentalism and androgynous anti-genderism that’s on the elementary schedule these days. Tough taters, tots. The sleepy teenagers in the secondary sector are our immediate future, dontchaknow?
This rant today is in no way intended to be a knock on our youth. In fact, the roots of their somnambulance can probably be traced to, and the blame laid at the foot of, the very ones now thinking they are doing them a big favor by shutting off the alarm clock. It is the new-fangled (since about 1972 or so) phenomenon of the mixed message. Kids have been told that we are depending on them, they are the ‘wave of the future’, they must go to school and learn, learn, learn, learn and learn some more, keeping their noses to the grindstone until they have the entire alphabet behind their name and they can recite by rote every media-accepted tenet of science and liberal thought (social justice goes without saying) known to academia. But delaying the gratification of electronic stimulation, hitting the rack and getting one’s butt out of bed in the morning? Well, not so much anymore.
( Must match teens’ sleep patterns. Must match teens’ sleep patterns. Must match teens’ sleep patterns.)
Okay, everybody, now shift. Until the next ‘scientific’ study comes in, of course. Then shift again. See these ‘teen sleep patterns’, though they are just now being published in the respected journals, they are basic truisms that have been waiting to be discovered since cave man days, right? Those teens also couldn’t get to sleep until one, two in the morning, because it was okay for them to stay up past midnight watching the ……..aurora borealis or something. Why, surely we remember the days of our own youth, just a scant generation or so ago, when we were so sleepy at eight o’clock in the morning we all failed English, our graduation rate was less than the lost tribes of the Amazon and our SAT scores averaged 13, 14 or so, right? And too, we weren’t able to serve our country because that 4:30 a.m. reveille just did not fit our age 18 sleep patterns.
And anyway, whether you’re just a high school grad working on the shop floor, or a business/management type overseeing the day-to-day operations, most enterprises don’t get cranked up til 9, 10 or so anyway these days, do they? So what’s the big deal about strolling in when you’re damned good and ready? Maybe that is the whole purpose of this sleeping-in initiative – to get the youts of today programmed for a more laid back, less frenetic, less demanding work style. Or something.
And you know, speaking of accommodation, maybe some of the world’s great religions could learn a thing or two from these educators. Like not being so strict and dogmatic, and trying to be more accommodating to the ……patterns……..trends …….dare we say mores? …….of segments of the population in this….enlightened age. What? You say those texts are already being rewritten?
Why, we would never have guessed. Funny how these things all run together after a while, isn’t it?