HOW TO “NINTENDO-FY” THE GEN Z CLASSROOM!

by Tom McBride

JOURNEY: How to Nintendofy The Gen Z Classr   Tom McBride   Remarks For the Southern Regional Education Board (10/2018   Whenever older people teach younger people, as happens every day all over the world, there will be a communications gap. One part of this chasm occurs when the older party, the teacher, assumes knowledge that the younger party doesn’t have. It’s an old principle of learning that we gain new knowlede based on what we already know. So in the 1970s, if students knew about the Watergate scandal, teachers could use that knowledge to teach about Shakespeare’s Richard the Third. The analogies shed light on both Richard Nixon and Richard the Third alike.   But nowadays students do not   Read on »

THE MINDSET LIST: CLASS OF 2022

by Tom McBride

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, AUGUST 21   Author contacts:                                                                           Ron Nief (608-770-2625)               niefr@beloit.edu Tom McBride (608-312-9508)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcbridet@beloit.edu Charles Westerberg (608-225-8100)                 westerbc@beloit.edu   The New Millennium Belongs to This Year’s Entering College Class of 2022 in The 21st Annual Mindset List Human beings have always been living — not just traveling — in space. The United States has always been in Afghanistan. Same-sex marriage has always been legal somewhere and the once revolutionary “You’ve got mail” is almost forgotten. A lot can change in just 18 years, but these same 18 years also make up the mindset—or “event horizon”—of today’s entering college students. Born in 2000, the first year of the new millennium, these students are members of the College   Read on »

FAREWELL TO THE DORMITORY

by Tom McBride

Farewell to the Dorm MINDSET LIST® Remarks Delivered to the Interface Student Housing Conference, Austin, Texas, April 6, 2018   The Mindset List® thanks Mr. Bruce Sanders of Elauwit for inviting us to speak today. Over half a century ago I began my college life in what was called a dormitory, at a university about ninety miles northwest of Austin. Though we did not appreciate it at the time, we were herded like the proverbial cattle into a four-story building with the same-sized rooms, sparsely furnished with standard issue university desks, tables, and beds. We ate the same food, prepared in advance for us, all in the same place. We had communal bathrooms—none of us even had our own stall,   Read on »

THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST: Class of 2021!

by Tom McBride

Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students, The Class of 2021 Beloit, Wis. —This year’s entering college class of 2021 can’t remember when a “phone” wasn’t a video game and research library. Mostly born in 1999, they’ve always been searching for Pokemon. They’ve never read a Peanuts strip that wasn’t a repeat and they never had the privilege of a Montgomery Ward catalogue as a booster seat. They have persevered in a world without Joe Dimaggio and brightened by emojis. If you ask them about the whine of a dial-up modem, expect a blank stare.   These are among the items in this year’s Beloit College Mindset List, the 20th such release since   Read on »

THE MINDSET LIST® OF GENERATION X

by Tom McBride

THE MINDSET LIST® OF GENERATION X  Tom McBride Most Gen Xers are now between 37 and 53. Partly because they have been deemed, by demographers, to have had only a sixteen-year run, their numbers are small. But they were also born during a time of low birth rates compared to those of the later 40s and the 1950s. The reasons are many: the Pill, divorce, more women working out of the home, and perhaps access to abortion. One commentator has called Gen Xers America’s neglected middle child.  Thanks to the death rate, Millennials have now taken over Boomers as the largest generational cohort. There are about 75 million Millennials and more than ten million fewer Gen Xers. But by 2028   Read on »

THE ECONOMIC VIRTUES OF MILLENNIALS

by Tom McBride

THE ECONOMIC VIRTUES OF MILLENNIALS  Tom McBride (Delivered on September 15 at the De Meo/Schneider Investment Conference in Chicago) Deidre McCloskey is a renowned economic historian at the University of Illinois right here in Chicago. One of her more striking ideas is that the virtues of different social groups are strongly determined by their economic status. For instance, the peasant class, having no prospects for financial gain, glommed onto the virtue of humility, linked to the idea that God would reward them for their humility someday in Heaven. For the aristocratic class, whose financial prosperity was assured, courage became a dominant virtue. They who have everything only lack the military adventure of becoming warriors, on battlefields where their bravery will   Read on »

Now on Amazon: THE MILLENNIAL PROMISE–40 Tips from The Mindset List®

by Tom McBride

Click on the image to your left for the Amazon link to our latest book: THE MILLENNIAL PROMISE: 40 Tips from The Mindset List®. It’s a terrific guide to all phases of Millennial education–from classroom motivation to high tech instruction to the art of giving assignments.   Think of it as The Elements of Style for Millennial education! It’s a concise little manual for teachers, counselors, administrators–useful for anyone involved in the education and training of America’s most talked-about generation.

THE MINDSET LIST® SPEAKERS’ PROGRAM

by Tom McBride

THE MINDSET LIST® SPEAKS! Looking for Great and Time-Tested Public Speakers?  Tom McBride and Ron Nief, co-authors of The Beloit College Mindset List® and The Mindset Lists of American History (Wiley, 2011) and The Mindset List of the Obscure (Sourcebooks, 2014) speak frequently about the generation gap around the country and to a wide variety of organizations.  We’ve spoken, led workshops  and delivered the keynote addresses to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national convention, to library associations, museum staff, and to educators at all levels, to state retirement fund administrators and to to educators and specialists dealing with youth and financial literacy,   And all this is but a small sample. We work with our   Read on »

WE R HISTORY: A Study Guide to THE MINDSET LISTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY

by Tom McBride

WeRHistory   A Guide to THE MINDSET LISTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY  INTRODUCTION WeRHistory is a guide to discussion of the past and do-it-yourself history. As co-authors, we want our readers to explore the underlying message of THE MINDSET LISTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What 10 Generations of Americans Think is Normal. As the first chapter says, “History Has Always Been Us.” Each of us does our bit for history every day. We make personal decisions that alter our individual history and collective decisions that make history. We are all part of the historical parade from birth to grave. We are all historical personages and actors in a historical drama. We not only are history; we can   Read on »

A Mindset List® Perspective: The 1st Man to Put America 1st

by Tom McBride

THE FIRST MAN TO PUT AMERICA FIRST  Charles Lindbergh’s Plot to Make America Great Agai By Tom McBride Charles Lindbergh never said he wanted to Make America Great Again. But he did say, as does the current American president, that he wanted to put America First.He may well have plotted to make America great again, but he never said it out loud. This was seventy-eight years ago. Time has been rude to Lindbergh. Recently the author of a new book about him (Robert Zorn) discovered, in an airport discussion, that Millennials had never heard of Charles Lindbergh. Yet once he was world-famous as an almost sublimely pioneering aviator. He was prominent in the America First Committee. The year of the   Read on »

IS THE MINDSET LIST A WHITE COLONIAL PLOT AGAINST YOKO ONO?

by Tom McBride

A significant other who is a bit “too Yoko Ono” has always created tension.   A partner too hard to handle…hard for your friends to compete with perfection Comment: The Anti-Mindset poster is a project in a course on “Critical Identity Studies,” the aim of which is to “explore mass media’s relationships to structures of power that…police ideologies.” An earlier part of the course description identifies these ideologies as the usual ones about class, gender, and race, and students are given an assignment to find manifestations of local “colonialisms” (sic) in the local community. Given this course description and assignment, what are we to make of the Anti-Mindset Poster?  Here is an educated guess. The poster features three smiling (self-satisfied?) white   Read on »

THE BABY BOOMER MINDSET LIST®

by Tom McBride

THE BABY BOOMER MINDSET LIST Baby Boomers: the cohort of babies born between the mid-1940s and early 1960s in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Members of various generations have been asking us to prepare “generational Mindset Lists.” This one is the first. Look in the future for Mindset Lists on both the Silent Generation (born in the 30s and early 40s) and Generation X (born in the 60s and 70s). If you like this one, forward the link to your children, grandchildren, friends—and fellow geezers!  1. Fellow Boomers Patrick Swayze, Mary Travers, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and Ted Bundy are dead. 2. But fellow Boomers Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, George W. Bush, Glenn Close, and Sissy Spacek   Read on »