The Mindset List for the Class of 2015


I ran across this video recently online. It's part of an interview with Tom McBride (Beloit College) where he discusses this year's mindset list created for the Class of 2015. He created the (witty) list back in 1998 to help faculty at the college "watch their references" with incoming freshman. The list includes 75 references of the Class of 2015. I'll include 15 of them here and you can go [here] for the rest. Lists like this could prove very helpful to youth workers or church leaders (in general) in knowing the audience they are speaking to.

  1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
  2. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  3. States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.
  4. The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
  5. There have nearly always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
  6. They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
  7. As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
  8. Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
  9. “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
  10. American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.
  11. More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
  12. Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  13. Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
  14. All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring “I Will Always Love You.”
  15. O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

I also found the website for the mindset lists, which gets over a million hits per year. It was interesting to read up on the class I graduated with (2002).

RSS Subscribers: there is video [here]

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2 Responses to “The Mindset List for the Class of 2015”

  1. # Blogger Rob

    This was great! How true!  

  2. # OpenID educlaytion.com

    Oh man do I love this kind of stuff. I've been speaking at academic conferences this year about student engagement these days. These ideas from Beloit are gonna end up in next year's talks!  

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