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It's that time again ... - Jim Huggins
August 30th, 2007
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It's that time again ...
The Beloit College Mindset List.

For those of you who haven't seen this before ... every year, folks at Beloit College put together a description of the incoming freshman class (in this case, the Class of 2011). It's a cultural description ... describing the world that they grew up in. And, in particular, the world they didn't grow up in ... that is, the world of their professors.

It's mainly a cautionary tale for faculty, to remember that, no matter how much we hang out with young adults, we didn't live in the same world. And so we need to think about the things that we teach and re-invent them for the modern era.

But mainly it just makes us all feel old. :(

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Date:August 30th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Amusing... makes me feel old, too, actually. Some of it's a tad inaccurate, though. I was looking through the class of 2005 list and found a lot of things didn't quite work - like how I still think of Ron Howard as a ginger kid/teenager, or how I remember very clearly using carbon copies, and that I never had access to email, much less an email address till I was 14. ;-) But then my family has always been behind the times (I used to believe movies were usually in black and white rather than color cause I watched so much AMC (before it started showing things past 1965) when I was small). ;-)
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Date:August 30th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Like any generalization, it fails in the particulars. It's best read in terms of the general tone than the specific instances.
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Date:August 31st, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)

Item 23 from the 2003 list...

#23 They were led to believe that, in the year 2000, we'd all be living on the moon.

Dude; you mean, like, unh, we're not?
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