Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beloit College Mindset List for Class of 2014

     I discovered this list while watching the evening news.  Here is what the website says:
     "Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation."
     So, here are the first three items in the list of 75:
"Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.

For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.
1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
3. 'Go West, Young College Grad' has always implied 'and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.'”
     When you're at the site, you can look back and see the list for previous classes.  Very interesting.

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