I don't believe the intent of the Beloit College Mindset List is to make adults reading it feel old, but that certainly is one of the results.
If you're not familiar with the list, it was started in 1998 by a professor and public affairs director at the Wisconsin college as a way to remind faculty of dated references...kind of a way to give professors a reference point for what has shaped the lives for the incoming students.
Students entering college this fall were largely born in 1992. (Feeling old yet!) That's really the first reference point for the "mindset" for incoming freshmen.
The Beloit College Mindset List reminds us just how fast technology continues to change. It declares, "Members of this fall's entering college class of 2014 have emerged as a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow." That's quite a contrast to when I started college in 1984. Not only didn't we have email...we didn't have computers. Technology that didn't even exist then is now becoming obsolete!
The Beloit College Mindset List also points out that for these incoming freshmen, "Russia has presumably never aimed nukes at the United States and Russians and Americans have always lived together in space." Again, this is a big difference from when I was in college. Back in the 1980's we were in the middle of the "Cold-War."
While the Beloit College Mindset List may make some of us feel old, and help professors relate to students, it also provides a snapshot of the progress that has been made over the years.
Of course, number 46 on the list doesn't do anything but make me feel old...it says, "Nirvana is on the classic oldies station!"
I'm including a link to the list to help you "relate" better with today's younger generation...or just feel old!
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