What started as a witty way of saying to faculty colleagues “watch your references,” has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent if unprepared adolescent consciousness. Each August since 1998, alittle obscure school in Wisconsin gets its annual 15 minutes of fame as Beloit College releases their Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. It quickly became an internationally monitored catalog of the changing worldview of each new college generation. Although we highlighted many be;low, you will want to check all 75 notes on Mindset List for the Class of 2016
> They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
> Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
> Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
> They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
> For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.
> They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
> Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf. |
> Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
> They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous. |
> They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.” |
> Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
> Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
> They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
> Thousands have always been gathering for “million-man” demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
> They watch television everywhere but on a television.
> Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight.
Check out the Mindset List and share it with teachers, catechists, and your core team.