Readiness Defined: “the condition for being ready, promptness, quickness, willingness to take action.”
Ready for what? The Noble Purpose. What is Noble Purpose? Preservation of nation. History shows our future depends upon readiness to defend our nation and preserve our core values. Are we weaker or stronger today in America? Physically? Mentally? Spiritually? Compared to what?
During the early 1960s in Carmichael, CA, LaSierra High School Physical Education Program under legendary Coach Stan LeProtti used a color-coded system to ability group young men by fitness levels. The “entry level” color was the White Team. All freshmen defaults to the white team their first semester. By the end of the first semester 93% of them had moved into the next ability group which was the Red Team. By the end of the year, nearly 100% advanced into the next Red Team. Why? They were psychologically motivated to improve and get better. They had excellent coaching and teaching under LeProtti and his colleagues. Student leaders were taught how to be assistant instructors meaning the youth had more buy in instead of just top down. The young men wanted it–and achieved. 10 clean military-grade (NO kipping) pull ups were required to test out of White Team plus 12 other rigorous test including a 7:00 minute mile run. What percentage of America teen males can run a 7:00 mile today? Right at 100% like LaSierra? Think about it…
So what does LaSierra High School have to do with Readiness? This era was surrounded by the Cuban Missile Crisis and other Soviet threats. Many of the adults then were WWII survivors who understood the consequences of not being prepared when under attack. It was a period of time in America when we still understood the reality of being attacked and forced to fight back…or perish.
What is your state of readiness today? Your children? Your community? America in general?
History teaches us to take care of ourselves, our family, and our country.
For more on Stan LeProtti and LaSierra High School, visit our “LaSierra High PE-Past Lessons For Future Fitness” post.
*LaSierra High School archives courtesy of Stan LeProtti family & The Lean Berets.