We know that our children are growing up in a different environment, a different world than we have known. We were exposed to things our parents could only dream about and our children and grandchildren will see things that we could only imagine. Think about that the next time you wonder about why they do, what they do.
I received, “The Mindset Report from Beloit College” via an email from my girlfriend. I look forward to this report each year because it explains the “why” behind what some college kids are doing, how they are acting and what is behind their decisions.
This year’s report was fascinating, for instance,
“Most students entering college for the first time this fall-the Class of 2014-were born in 1992.
Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.
Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.
Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.”
To read the complete list, click here.
Beloit College was founded in 1846, when Wisconsin was still a territory. The Mindset List authored by McBride and Ron Nief, director emeritus of the college’s public affairs office. Every year for the past ten years, the authors try to establish the mindset of the college’s entering freshman class. They tackle such topics as the “they have always been spoiled by zippers.” McBride and Nief are working on a book about the list that has become an international sensation and goes viral each year on the email waves when it is published.
I started thinking about our own experiences with the kids in our lives. My niece didn’t know how to use a rotary-dialed payphone. She was trying to push the buttons (the opening between the circle on the rotary!) because it never occurred to her to “turn the dial!” Imagine that. Now, payphones are almost non-existent.
Just think of the things that your children or their children will never know about. Those things that will fade into obscurity or memory (until our memory fades!)
It’s a strange new world. By the way, the kids that graduated in 2010?
“The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union. And, There has always been only one Germany.”
No Walls for these kids – no payphones either. But although they are “wireless” they remain connected.