Beloit College Mindset List 2014 Unveiled

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Beloit College Mindset List 2014 Unveiled – Beloit College professors Tom McBride and Ron Nief, have, since 1998 have been marking down the cultural landmarks and idiosyncrasies that each new crop of students have that set them apart from the previous years.

This list seems quite humorous, but it also shows the ways in which society and perceptions change through the generations. For example, many students in this year’s freshman year can’t write cursive handwriting. Many years ago, cursive handwriting was most important. But, who needs that now, with computers that can do any style of font you want?

This started off as a reference list for professors at this college to be able to understand the students more, however it has become “became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each generation,” Beloit College says.

Many older folk remember when Nirvana was new and edgy, and Led Zeppelin was classic rock. Now, Nirvana is classic rock in the minds of the new students.

Some of the list are quite interesting, for their historical purpose, and speak volumes about the world at this stage, such as:

No. 32 – Czechoslovakia has never existed for them.
No. 41 – American companies have always done business in Vietnam
No. 58 – Beethoven has always been a dog
No. 64 – The US, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.

The world changes quickly from year to year, and this list is going to make some people feel older.

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  1. I was a substitute teacher in second grade on Earth Day. We were discussing recycling objects that we no longer wanted. When I told the class that we used to set aside objects that we no longer wanted at our village dump for others to take,I noticed that some of the students began to giggle. Then I realized that they had never been to “the dump” because now all garbage and trash is collected in large garbage trucks. To them “dump” is something you leave in the toilet.

    Once I subbed on Martin Luther King Day when a young teacher was struggling to tell about MLK. When I told the class about some of my memories of him and the Civil Rights Movement, she looked at me in surprise and said, “You remember those days?” I’m sure that she thought no one was still alive who lived during those days.

    I DON’T FEEL OLD MYSELF, BUT I REALIZE THAT I’M NOT ON THE SAME PAGE AS ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TODAY.

    i LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR LIST EVERY YEAR. THANK YOU.

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