Monday, September 8, 2014

Potter, not Lennon

I've added a new class to my schedule this year and a few of my students are freshmen of the traditional age. That prompted me to check out this year's Beloit College Mindset List. This is a list of cultural things that have been true since this year's freshmen were born, which was about 1996. A few of the items from this year's list:

* Two-term presidents are routine, but none of them ever won in a landslide.

* When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.

* Joe Camel has never introduced one of them to smoking.

* Hell has always been associated less with torment and more with nothingness.

* Whether to embrace fat or spurn it has been a front page debate all their lives.

* Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S.

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