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The MARIST Mindset List, Class of 2023

by Tom McBride

Looking for the latest Mindset List? You can find it on or after August 21, 2019 at our new Marist College Website (address below). We hope you like the new List. (Yes, half of the Beatles have always been dead.) To talk with the authors send an email to Tom.McBride@marist.edu or call 608 312 9508. Thanks. Here’s the new Marist address: https://mindsetlist.marist.edu

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 »

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 »