Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. 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. As for the entering college this year, the class of 2015 has no memory whatever of George Herbert Walker Bush as president, they came into existence as Bill Clinton came into the presidency.
>> Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
>> Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
>> Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
>> Music has always been available via free downloads.
>> Public schools have always made space available for advertising.
>> Altar girls have never been a big deal.
>> Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.
>> “PC” has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.
The cultural references of kids keeps changing, it might be good for you and/or your volunteers to update yoursevles by reviewing the whole list.