Headline Oct 16, 2015/ "' THE HURRY-UP STUDENTS SOCIETY ''' : !WOW!



STUDENTS AND SOCIETY SITTING STILL  -has gone from something responsible and orderly to something borderline unseemly:

Sitting makes you slump, sitting makes you fat, sitting makes you lazy for even wanting to? Sitdown now and sorry to report  -you may never get up.

According to urgent studies from the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sitting is nothing short of deadly. Forbe's    website calls upon readers to:

''Fight sitting disease'' and offers a slide show of  "6 Desks to Save You From Death By Sitting."

Time magazine recently warned  "Sitting is Sabotaging Your Health''  and posted a handy guide to  "deskercize".

According to the  C.D.C.'s  Take-a-Stand project, 87% of the employees who transitioned to a sit-to-stand work station said they felt more energized,  66% felt more productive and 75% felt healthier over all.

Switch to a standing position, claims the website for Varidesk, one of the many active desk manufacturers, and,  "pretty soon, you're energized, focused, free of back pain and burning calories like crazy    -all while getting things done.''

Standing desks are pervasive enough that their particular fashion requirement are concern enough to merit coverage in the Time's Styles section.

C.E.O's are photographed huffing at their treadmill desks as if ready at any moment to take off directly from executive suite to private jet. Bookish types can't stand tall like Philip Roth or march ahead like Susan Orlean.

With everyone sprinting along, it's hard to remember that sitting down properly was once considered a virtue. 

According to a new biography of  Queen Elizabeth, as a child the princess was forced to sit for hours on end, unable to go the loo; if she didn't fidget, she got a cookie.

Even plebeian youths were expected to sit while eating, learning and listening to grown-ups. Munro Leaf's 1946  children's book:  ''How to Behave and Why,'' instructed kids/students on the importance of ''sitting and standing right,'' and the latter primarily in the execution of greetings and pledges of allegiance.

Irritated elders were constantly admonishing one to  ''Stay put''  and ''Stop fussing,'' terrifying anyone tempted to jiggle a leg into statuelike submission. 

Today, movie scenes in which children/students are chastised for freeing an errant pinkie in church or refusing to sit through dinnertime look as enlightened as belt lashings.

The expectation that children/students need to move their bodies is so ingrained in contemporary pedagogy that teachers will happily pass out a  ''fidget''   -a plaything to occupy busy hands-

To any student with twitchy fingers. In classrooms, chairs riveted to desks have been replaced with a manner of  ''active seating''    -cushions, rocking chairs, rolling balls, wobble stools- both for children/students  with A.D.H.D and for others who simply have trouble staying put.

For many children, of course, an issue with nervous regulation, a sensory processing disorder or simply a passing stage in neurological development can make sitting still a physical challenge, if not an impossibility.

And a friendly new vocabulary describes children on the antsy side. Kids/students aren't hyper or restless or naughty; they are active learners, physical, very busy.

Good behaviour isn't about sitting still  -it's all about   ''being steady''  and ''attending,'' even if that entails a little wiggle and squirm.  

Luckily,  for all of you,  the modern workplace awaits  -ready, set, go for those on the move and shake. And with closed-door offices largely replaced by cubicle dens and shared work spaces, all this capering about is fully endorsed and on full display.

Meanwhile, the still and seated may one day become a scorned minority; so, sums up one great author,  the 22nd-century sidewalk smokers, a throwback to a benighted culture. So with that in mind, the Cultural doomsayers once feared-

That people would be hopelessly entranced by the soft glow of the computer screen. Turns out,  the real distraction is us. 

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With respectful dedication to all the Students, Professor ,Teachers and Parents of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!:

''' The Frenetic Society '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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