Positive, Constructive Childhood Experiences in Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE) will contribute to a Progressive Human Society.
To begin, a very disappointing report about education has emerged. U.S. Children’s education has moved from #1 to #13 to #16 in the world depending on reference.
“The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) conducts research to learn more about healthy child development and to better understand certain conditions that affect children. This information is used to
1. Create prevention, health education, and intervention programs
2. Help communities plan for services for children and their families
3. Determine what additional research studies are needed.
“Our first priority should be the nurturing and education of America’s youth. Less obesity and improved nutrition are key. [Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., May 29, 2014, HuffPost]
“Regular physical activity is one of the most important things children and adults can do for their health.” [Physical Activity, CDC, US Dept Health and Human Services]
SRE signigicantly improve the health of children by increasing Aerobic Activity, Strengthing Muscles and Bone growth and development. “Aerobic activity should make up most of children’s 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day.” [https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/index.htm]
Other important positive and negative factors impacting our children’s futures are simple math:
i. “Children’s lives are underpinned by an incoherent hotchpotch of legal principles and government policies.” 1.
ii. “Children are 1/3 of our population and All of our future.” 2.
iii. A + B = our future is underpinned by an incoherent hotchpotch of legal principles and government policies.
iv. Our children and our future’s growth and development are within reach of law makers’ hands and must become legislative priorities.
v. if we Save Our Children, SOC, we will invest-in and save our future.
vi. SRE are fundamental training grounds for a Progressive Human Race and Society
Think about it this way. If every legislative vote was cast after due consideration of its effects on our U.S. children i.e. education, hunger, abortion, jobs, economy, drugs, national defense, immigration, super packs….yes packs etc. and strictly cast favoring children, legislators and our government would invest-in and save our future. 1.[Children’s Rights and the Developing Law, by Jane Fortin – Law – 2009 – 804 pages] 2.[Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981]
Teleogically (purpose), our brain has 3 parts:
1. The Hindbrain (reptilian brain)
2. Limbic system, love, relationships, nurturing, caring, faith, belief Brain, middle layer of our brains
3. Neocortex aka cerebral cortex……
• It follows, if legislators react with their limbic system and emphasize the telos of children, the care of our entirety will follow.
• Otherwise, if legislators react more reptilian and/or out-think themselves and instead promote grid lock U.S. children will suffer. [Save Our Children, SOC, mbmsrmd, http://www.cappaa.com/save-our-children-soc-a-political-ideology-then-to-a-political-party]
Having established the importance of children’s welfare and eventually the well being of society, additional past social history impacting children, reveals that “arising out of the rebellious mood at the beginning of the 20th century, Modernism was a radical approach that yearned to revitalize the way modern civilization viewed life, art, politics, and science.
“This rebellious attitude that flourished between 1900 and 1930 had, as its basis, the rejection of European culture for having become too corrupt, complacent and lethargic, ailing because it was bound by the artificialities of a society that was too preoccupied with image and too scared of change.
“This dissatisfaction with the moral bankruptcy of everything European led modern thinkers and artists to explore other alternatives, especially primitive cultures.
“For the Establishment, the result would be cataclysmic; the new emerging culture would undermine tradition and authority in the hopes of transforming contemporary society.
“By 1900 the world was a bustling place transformed by all of the new discoveries, inventions and technological achievements that were being thrust on civilization: electricity, the combustion engine, the incandescent light bulb, the automobile, the airplane, radio, X-rays, fertilizers and so forth.
“These innovations revolutionized the world in two distinct ways. For 1., they created an optimistic aura of a worldly paradise, of a new technology that was to reshape man into moral perfection. In other words, technology became a new religious cult that held the key to a new utopian dream that would transform the very nature of man.
“2. Secondly, the new technology quickened the pace through which people experienced life on a day to day basis. For instance, the innovations in the field of transportation and communication accelerated the daily life of the individual.
“Whereas in the past, before 1900, a person’s life was circumscribed by the lack of mechanical resources available, now a person could expand the scope of daily activities through the new liberating power of the machine. Man now became literally energized by all of these scientific and technological innovations and, more important, felt a rush emanating from the feeling that he was invincible, that there was no stopping him and his progress. [History of Moderinsm]
By 1900 until 1930, because of the scientific and technological innovations, Human Beings and Human Society were less scientifically illiterate. They were up to speed with the progress of the times.
U.S. Wars were other factors impacting children’s growth and development. There was a modern era of war: WWI 1917-1918, WWII 1941-1945, Korean War 1950-1953, Vietnam War 1965-1975, Afghanistan War 2001-present, Iraq War 2003-2011 and ISIL War 2014-present.
“Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant.
“Studies of the general population show a definite increase in the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders. Women are more affected than men. Other vulnerable groups are children, the elderly and the disabled.
“Prevalence rates are associated with the degree of trauma, and the availability of physical and emotional support. The use of cultural and religious coping strategies is frequent in developing countries.
“The year 2005 is significant in understanding the relationship between war and mental health. This is the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war and of the start of the war in Lebanon. Every day the media bring the horrors of the ongoing “war” situation in Iraq.
“Some recent quotations from the media depict the impact of war on mental health: “We are living in a state of constant fear” (in Iraq); “War takes a toll on Iraqi mental health”; “War trauma leaves physical mark”; “War is hell… it has an impact on the people who take part that never heals”; “War is terrible and beyond the understanding and experience of most people”; “A generation has grown up knowing only war”.
“Wars have had an important part in psychiatric history in a number of ways. It was the psychological impact of the world wars in the form of shell shock that supported the effectiveness of psychological interventions during the first half of the 20th century. It was the recognition of a proportion of the population not suitable for army recruitment during the Second World War that spurred the setting up of the National Institute of Mental Health in USA.
“The differences in the presentation of the psychological symptoms among the officers and the soldiers opened up new ways of understanding the psychiatric reactions to stress.
“During the last year, a large number of books and documents have addressed the effects of war on mental health. They include the WPA book “Disasters and mental health” (1); the World Bank report “Mental health and conflicts – Conceptual framework and approaches” (2); the United Nations (UN) book “Trauma interventions in war and peace: prevention, practice and policy” (3); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) document “The state of the world’s children – Childhood under threat” (4); the book “Trauma and the role of mental health in postconflict recovery” (5) and a chapter on “War and mental health in Africa” in the WPA book “Essentials of clinical psychiatry for sub-Saharan Africa” (6).
“Though there have not been any world wars since the Second World War, there have been wars and conflicts throughout the last 60 years. For example, in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region of the World Health Organization (WHO), over 80% of the population either is in a conflict situation or has experienced such a situation in the last quarter of century (7).
“War has a catastrophic effect on the health and wellbeing of nations. Studies have shown that conflict situations cause more mortality and disability than any major disease. War destroys communities and families and often disrupts the development of the social and economic fabric of nations.
“The effects of war include long-term physical and psychological harm to children and adults, as well as reduction in material and human capital. Death as a result of wars is simply the “tip of the iceberg”. Other consequences, besides death, are not well documented. They include:
•economic / social decline
•and psychosocial illness
•to mention only a few.
“Only through a greater understanding of conflicts and the myriad of mental health problems that arise from them, coherent and effective strategies for dealing with such problems can be developed.
This research concluded: “The occurrence of a wide variety of psychological symptoms and syndromes in the populations in conflict situations is widely documented by available research. However, research also provides evidence about the resilience of more than half of the population in the face of the worst trauma in war situations. There is no doubt that the populations in war and conflict situations should receive mental health care as part of the total relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction processes.
“As happened in the first half of the 20th century, when war gave a big push to the developing concepts of mental health, the study of the psychological consequences of the wars of the current century could add new understandings and solutions to mental health problems of general populations.
“A number of issues have emerged from the extensive literature on the prevalence and pattern of mental health effects of war and conflict situations.
“It is important to report that the WHO and some other UN-related bodies have recently created a task force to develop “mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings” (53- 55), which is expected to complete its activity in one year. MURTHY RS, LAKSHMINARAYANA R. Mental health consequences of war: a brief review of research findings. World Psychiatry. 2006;5(1):25-30]
Referred to as 9/11, the September 11 attacks were a series of 4 terrorist attacks coordinated by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. 9/11 was extremely devastating and psychologically impactful.
The consequences of wars, conflicts, hatred, racism, discrimination and religious differences accumulated and the United States manifest multiple divisions within itself.
‘I am Charlotte Simmons’ is a 2004 novel by Tom Wolfe, concerning sexual and status relationships at the fictional Dupont University. The plot indicates that, “Despite Dupont University’s elite status, in the minds of its students, sex, alcohol, and social status rule the day. The student culture is focused upon gaining material wealth, physical pleasure, and a well-placed social status; academics are only important insofar as they help achieve these goals.” In other words, ‘if it feels good, do it’.
Reviewer Jacob Weisberg wrote “Wolfe is always showing us something we haven’t quite noticed. Wolfe he said is “fundamentally journalistic”, a student of neuroscience, a methodical researcher and writes about the signs of our times. [Weisberg, Jacob, Nov 28, 2004,’I Am Charlotte Simmons’ New York Times]
The consequences of immorality and academic bankruptcy are not realized until it is too late for some.
‘Coming Out’, another impactful phenomenon, recently became very prevalent in U.S. Pains and pathologies bearing on both U.S. children and adults, who had become weary from ‘Unspeakable Scerets’ resulted in the prevalence. ‘Coming Out’ is a defense mechanism for self protection. It is a “mental repression or projection process initiated, typically unconsciously, to avoid conscious conflict or anxiety.” [Psych Central]
‘Coming-out’ is psychologically and emotionally essential for each individual’s mental health, when considered seperately.
According to the Office of National Statistics, 3.3% of 16 to 24-year-olds identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014. This is nearly double the average across all age groups, with 1.7% of people identifying as LGB across the general population. Among over-65s, just 0.6% identify as LGB. [by Nick Duffy, 5th October 2016]
However, ‘Coming Out’ is not exclusively an LGBT phenomenon. ‘Unspeakable Secrets’ are not just LGBT. ‘Coming out’ about how we think of ourselves and how we should think, behave and act-out our various life roles is personally liberating.
In all contexts, ‘Coming Out’ means by extension the “self-disclosure of a person’s secret behaviors, beliefs, affiliations, tastes, identities, and interests that may cause astonishment or ‘feel-as-if it will bring shame.
‘Coming Out’ about how humans think of themselves includes many subsets i.e. liberal, conservative, democrat, republican, sadomasochist, alcoholic, disabled, mentally ill, sex slave, intersexual, pornographer, criminal, rapists, thief, old maid, sex addict, child abuser, white supremacist, nazi, slave holder, Christian, illegal immigrant, BDSM, BIID, atheist, agnostic and on and on.
Public awareness initiatives ‘Out Campaigns’ makes ample use of the “Out” metaphor. “There is a big closet population of atheists who need to come out’”. [Richard Dawkins] [Trauma and Recovery Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. Feb, 1997]
However, research has shown that ’Coming Out’ can be a double edged sword. “Proactive behavior in an organization is a risky endeavor. Proactivity, goal-directed process, can backfire while doing life in general just as in business. [Personal Initiative and Job Performance Evaluations: Role of Political Skill in Opportunity Recognition and Capitalization Andreas Wihler, Gerhard Blickle, B. Parker Ellen, III, Wayne A. Hochwarter, Gerald R. Ferris, Journal of Management Vol 43, Issue 5 First published date: October-06-2014]
‘Coming Out’ with self-inflicted shameful secrets, secrets for which the person experiences shame, and/or secrets for which they believe they will be persecuted requires strategy.
While the ‘Coming-Outer’ (not meant deragatorily) is seeking approval and validation, they sometimes discover that not all ‘Coming Outs’ are immediately embraced by family, friends and communities. Some ‘Coming Outers’ belong to hate groups. They are seldom embraced.
Strategies should be well thought-out and synchronized with the appropriate point in time and individual’s psychodynamics in order to “make sense of their relationships, experiences and how they see the world.”
During Psychiatry training in medical school, this reporter was instructed-in and taught the validity of Psychodynamics. The Psychodynamic Approach outlined briefly describes the mechanism ‘Coming-Outers’ should consider. (‘Coming-Outers’ is not a derogatory term, but a term so everyone can stay on message):
* “Our behavior and feelings are powerfully affected by unconscious motives.
* Our behavior and feelings as adults (including psychological problems) are rooted in our childhood experiences.
* All behavior has a cause (usually unconscious), even slips of the tongue. Therefore all behavior is determined.
* Personality is made up of three parts (i.e. tripartite): the id, ego and super-ego.
* Behavior is motivated by two instinctual drives: Eros (the sex drive & life instinct) and Thanatos (the aggressive drive & death instinct). Both these drives come from the “id”.
* Parts of the unconscious mind (the id and superego) are in constant conflict with the conscious part of the mind (the ego). This conflict creates anxiety, which could be dealt with by the ego’s use of defense mechanisms.
* Personality is shaped as the drives are modified by different conflicts at different times in childhood (during psychosexual development).” [Psychodynamic Approach, Saul McLeod published 2007 Simply Psychology]
“According to LaSala (2000), disclosing one’s sexual identity to parents is considered to be the most stressful experience a gay individual is confronted with. In addition to the conflicts which arise in familial life, gay men and women are also faced with issues in society which contribute to misinformation, prejudice, and unacceptance.
“Although we may be progressing as a society, gay men and women are still discriminated against and do not receive the equal rights they deserve. Twenty men and women were interviewed for this research project, and the three common themes which arose from the interviews include hetero-normative culture, religious conflict, and inaccurate gay stereotypes.
“Concerning the LGBT subset of ‘Coming-outers’, it was found that gay men and women are confronted with many hegemonic ideals, cultural norms, in society which serve to ostracize, persecute, and inaccurately represent the lives of gay men and women. [The Consequences of Coming Out: The Societal Implications of Being Gay, Deborah Fessenden, Faculty Mentor: Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Faculty Profile at UNT] [Unspeakable Secrets, ‘Coming Out’, mbmsrmd]
The aforementioned are frequently dissected impactful examples. There are many complex reasons for ‘Science Illiteracy’, another impactful factor, in the U.S. Scientific endeavors are difficult enough without strenous psychodynamics that impair total concentration on science and scientific mindfulness. Scientific education and other scientific endeavors require total focalization, gathering all the power of Mind from the top of the Cerebrum down to the limbic lobes of brain underneath the Cerebrum, gathering all the power of the Brain upon one train of thought.
Since private and public organizations are searching for scientists, who have the talent to work in labs, are scientifically innovative and have the potential to become research experts, the Psychographic Portrait of Scientists in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were examined by Kelly Inc.
“Traditionally, scientists have been overachievers at school, particularly in science and math, and have worked incredibly hard to achieve their academic goals.
“Scientists are typically driven by their inquisitiveness and desire for knowledge, which means they have a passion for and are motivated by their work.
“The 1st and most important trait that scientists need to have, which was observed, is natural curiosity”
“Productive scientists have a strong internal drive to achieve their goals and have high levels of concentration and persistence. Nothing is accepted at face value for scientists; every angle of a problem, all of the available data and interpretations of a problem will be completely mentally processed and assimilated before the scientists reports their conclusions. [The Personality of a Scientist, a Psychographic Profile, Kelly Services, Inc.]
By 2000 the U.S. slumped into renewed illiteracy. Research has revealed that “science Illiteracy is now a threat to our nation. Americans are bad at science, scared of math, poor at physics and engineering.” [Neil deGrasse Tyson: U.S. science illiteracy a serious threat by John Newsom Jan 31, 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org]
The most recent PISA results 2015 math and science literacy U.S. 15-year-olds 38th / 71 countries in math and 24th / 71 in science. [U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries by Drew Desilver Feb 15, 2017, Factank, Pew Research Center]
Good and Bad Words, Thoughts (Mindfulness) and Beliefs (Policies) frame civilization accordingly, either good, bad or indifferent.
The Mind is the human thinking and thought processing space; a place for perceptions, Beliefs, attitudes, patterns, emotions, willpower, past memory, learning memory, imagination, language and communications.
Cognition is the thinking part of the Mind [Mindsight: New Science of Personal Transformation, 2010, Dr. Dan Siegal ] [Does the Brain Control the Mind or the Mind Control the Brain? by Parag + Ayesha Khanna, Bigthink]
Belief systems are reinforced by repetitive believing. Each neuron (brain nerve cell) has an idea and groups of neurons with the same ideas become networks, aka neuronets, and the ideas grow together for confirmation within the Mind and becomes a Belief. “Neurons, brain nerve cells, that fire together are wired together” (Hebb, 1949) 4 Righteous Behavior.
During Belief mechanism mental integration, a round and round process begins and builds upon itself. The ‘positive feedback loop’, ‘push-pull cybernetic system’, continually increases, reinforces the Belief confirmation. [The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer 2012]
•Negative sensory stimuli from foul, disgraceful, obscene, indecent, violent, mocking, heckling, insulting, jeering, ridiculing, taunting, unpleasant language
•When integrated continually and repetitively in the Brain Sensorium are manifest as negative conscious sensory states followed by thoughts of misbehavior, disobedience, dishonesty, immorality, scorn, disgrace, evilness, disrespect
•Which, subsequently, eventuate-in and give-rise-to negative, uneducated, uncultured, mistrustful, immoral, fearful, unreliable, doubtful, antisocial, harmful, rebellious, wicked, discriminatory, hate-filled, racist, anti-religious, anti-Semitic Beliefs, Retrogressive Stage of Human Society.
When youth join a team, not a gang or any other malfunctioning group and stick together, sacrifice, stay in tip-top readiness and performance shape 365 days per year, don’t dope, are dedicated to their sports, dedicated to their education, the positive benefits, will make a difference, will enhance Athletes’ success and sustain Athletes’ personal and professional lives. [http://www.cappaa.com/join-a-team-not-a-gang-stick-together-make-a-difference]
Great Coaches, Great Parents and Great Teachers are similar to each other. Teachers, guides, counselors, sponsors, advisors, role models can dramatically influence children.
Great Coaches, Great Parents and Great Teachers can teach the values of life and living and mentor a child to become a star, role model, a hero, ‘doing life’ for generations to come.
They build children’s trust, set foundation for successful living and fair play and develop relationships by listening, being attentive to children concerns, needs and motivate, encourage, support the efforts of children.
Great Coaches, Great Parents and Great Teachers preach achievement, develop character with positive feedback, which builds children’s self-esteem and morale.
They build children’s character when they demonstrate that they are good characters themselves, doing and coping with life, after making mistakes themselves, finally over themselves, learning good doing themselves, filled with child-centered mindfulness, reflecting, teaching and reacting from a voice of wisdom. [Mental Health “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Program Performance and Evaluation Office, October 4, 2013]
Great Coaches, Great Parents and Great Teachers have the intuition to develop Student Athletes to ‘be all they can be’, by promulgating SRE ‘synergistic partners’ of educational excellence and Student Athletes.
Great Coaches, Great Parents and Great Teachers thus further define the amateur Athlete, a participant in SRE without monetary compensation per se, but ethical, moral, dignified, trustworthy and educational mindful rewards, who in turn will enhance a Progressive Society.