THE MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2016: OFFICIAL “TRAILER”

by Tom McBride

THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2016: Official “Trailer”

The latest official Mindset List® is out here this coming Tuesday the 21st.  Since it first appeared in 1998, the Mindset List® has become an acclaimed book (The Mindset Lists of American History), a Facebook site (The Mindset List), a Twitter address (@MindsetList), a coming public radio series (Mindset Moments), and a series of speaking engagements (this fall, for example: NASA and NCAA).

But the crown jewel has always been our annual Lists.

Here’s a little trailer for the next big one:

The class of 2016 was born in 1994.

*What world famous figures have always been dead?

 *What famed class members might be in first-year orientation?

 *When they miss the news on The Daily Show, where do they watch it instead?

*What celebrated actor is unknown to them in the roles that made him famous?

*What do they mean by the “twilight zone”?

*For their grandparents the leading paradox was, “we had to destroy the village in order to save it.” What’s the leading paradox for this new generation?

You can find all the answers, plus a whole lot more, on this very site—mindset.flywheelsites.com—next Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, join us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter. Happy Listing, Everyone!

4 Responses to THE MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2016: OFFICIAL “TRAILER”

Midwestern retired professor

August 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I found your list curiously lacking vast areas of knowledge and experience that have changed for the generation born in 1980. And curiously oriented to wealthy folks like those who send their kids to Beloit. Maybe that’s the sea you swim in, but it’s not where my students here at Midwestern Public University come from. That list is barely helpful for a professor here and seriously misleads the punditry about who our youth are and what they think about.

There’s virtually nothing medical or otherwise scientific on your lists. Environment? Zero – in any of your lists. Knowledge that (some) dinosaurs are birds and mass extinction of dinosaurs by an asteroid? Not to be found. Everyone born in or after 1980 grew up knowing about (and possibly being diagnosed with) ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. For this cohort, it’s always been possible to transplant a heart. And there’s much much more that’s become pretty much part of the air we breathe — that existed only as science fiction or in a scientist’s imagination before the very early 1980s. Well, not quite. Some theories had been advanced much earlier, but gained widespread acceptance in the 1980s and were part of elementary education by the 1990s.

There’s very little political. With the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the US entered a sustained period of conflict with various Muslims nations and movements. This generation is probably the first to be broadly aware that Muslims aren’t simply Muslim, but also at least Shi’ite and Sunni; they may well be aware of Wahabi, Salafist, and “political” Islam, as well as other strains of Islam – and that these differences matter.

You don’t mention the terms rust belt, deindustrialization, or globalization (this noted in 2013), nor concepts like “bubble” (as in “housing bubble”), which for many of these youths, depending on where they come from, may be common sense terms. Or the fact that almost none grew up on a farm and only a few had parents who grew up on a farm — but a good number have grandparents who did.

None of my students would have a clue about LL Bean or its boots.

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Midwestern retired professor

August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Sorry – class born in 1994, not 1980. Call it a senior moment. But, the points are even more germane regarding scientific and medical “common sense”.

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Ursula Martin

August 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Excellent points all. Perhaps you should write the lists for “the underclasses”? (no disrespect intended, it is a serious comment)

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