Beloit's annual 'mindset list' helps academics understand incoming freshmen's experiences
- Beloit College releases its annual "mindset list" today, which helps academics understand what their newest incoming students didn't experience that may have shaped their professors.
- For this year's freshman class, most of whom were born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead, and Bill Clinton is a senior statesman whose presidency they have little knowledge of.
- Additionally, they think of Robert DeNiro as Greg Focker's father-in-law instead of Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway, they've always lived in cyberspace, and they have never seen an airplane "ticket."
From the article:
Beloit College marks the start of new academic years by releasing its annual "mindset list" -- helping academics understand that their newest students didn't experience (except maybe from reading on Wikipedia) that may have shaped their professors. Some highlights of the new list, released today: For the entering class, most born in 1994: Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of "electronic narcotics." ...
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