The Mindset List
For the past five years, Beloit College in Wisconsin has compiled the "Mindset List" to help their faculty and staff see the perspective of the new college freshmen class. Here is an edited version of that list.
BELOIT COLLEGE "MINDSET LIST" FOR THE CLASS OF 2006
Most students entering college this fall were born in 1984.
1. A Southerner has always been President of the United States.
2. Richard Burton, Ricky Nelson and Truman Capote have always been dead.
3. South Africa's official policy of apartheid has not existed during their lifetime.
4. Cars have always had eye-level rear stop lights, CD players, and air bags.
5. We have always been able to choose our long distance carriers.
6. Weather reports have always been available 24-hours a day on television.
7. The "evil empire" has moved from Moscow to a setting in some distant galaxy.
8. "Big Brother" is merely a television show.
9. Cyberspace has always existed.
10. Bruce Springsteen's new hit, Born in the USA, could have been played to celebrate their birth.
11. Barbie has always had a job.
12. George Foreman has always been a barbecue grill salesman.
13. There has always been an heir to the heir to the British throne.
14. They have no recollection of Connie Chung or Geraldo Rivera as serious journalists.
15. They grew up in minivans.
16. The United States has always been trying to put nuclear waste in Nevada.
17. Mrs. Fields' cookies and Swatch watches have always been favorites.
18. Fox has always been a television network choice.
19. This generation has never wanted to "be a Pepper too."
20. Vanessa Williams and Madonna are aging singers.
And from the "Wish I could take that back" pile. In 1984:
-- Technology analysts questioned the need for briefcase-sized computers.
-- A CPA organization heralded that computerized audit systems were being used to avoid errors and they were doing much better at spotting mistakes and providing internal audit controls.
-- Film critics declared that George Lucas was looking for new directions because Star Wars interest was waning.
-- Videotape technology was said to be killing the film industry and slowing cable network development.
-- Analysts stated there was no market for Direct Broadcast Satellite systems.
-- The U.S. Supreme Court declared sleeping to be a form of free speech.
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