I take offense at the gaslighting of millennials too. Not because I am a millennial, but because I hate it when stereotypes are promoted and groups of people, etc. are lumped together based on arbitrary characteristics… and also because my daughter is a so-called “millennial”.
I was in graduate school when I first heard the term “millennial.” It was at a conference. The session was about how to serve millennial students, because they have different characteristics than the Generation X students that went before them. It was here that I first started hearing things like “millennials need to be recognized for participation,” “millennials feel they are special,” “millennials are sheltered,” “millennials are likely to have helicopter parents,” and more. Society as a whole loves to hate on the millennial generation (those born between 1980-1999), calling us “special snowflakes” and sarcastically referring to us as “social justice warriors,” calling us out for “being offended by everything” and, everybody’s favorite, pointing out how very entitled we are.
Here’s the secret: We’re not.
The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting.
The “Application for New Awards; Upward Bound Programs” was published and made available to the public on Monday, October 17th, 2016.
Though many of us grant professionals respectfully requested that they reconsider, in this, the Department of Education has decided to uphold a new double-spacing requirement for all text in the application narrative, includingfigures, tables, charts and graphs. Single spacing is allowable for titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references and captions (see page 12 of notice for more information). Additionally the Department has limited the narrative page limit to 65 pages (see page 11 for more information). The CPP and IP remain the same.
I feel as though all of us are being punished for trangressions of the ‘few’.
The few who do things like advise applicants to “just put a box around it. That makes it a table and it can be single spaced.” Wrong! Apparently the use of single-spaced paragraph tables in the EOC competition was egregious.
One can only hope that this is not a sign of the ways things will continue and/or does not bleed over into other Federal agency requirements. *SIGH*