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THE 2ND ANNUAL MINDSET LIST® PARENTS’ ADVISORY: 25 AMAZING QUESTIONS!

by Tom McBride

MINDSET LIST AUTHORS ISSUE 2013 ADVISORY FOR NEW PARENTS Beloit, Wis. – With only days remaining until the announcement of the first child born in 2013, two authors who have dealt for years with the world of the 18 year old, have some advice for new parents. “Start taking notes and preparing for those questions you will have to answer as they graduate from high school in in 2031,” suggest Ron Nief and Tom McBride, creators of the Beloit College Mindset List and authors of The Mindset Lists of American History. “Time will sneak by quickly,” they warn, “and soon they are going to want you to explain yourself and your generation. They will force you to show your age with quizzical looks   Read on »

THE ANNUAL MINDSET LIST® ADVISORY FOR NEW PARENTS

by Tom McBride

    THE 2012 PARENTS’ MINDSET ADVISORY:                                                              20 QUESTIONS TO BE PREPARED FOR WHEN YOUR BABY TURNS 18.  1. What was “software” and what was soft about it?   2. Why do some universities fund minor-league football and basketball teams now instead of regular student athlete programs?    3. What were “websites” and why did people visit them?   4. What are those small metallic disks I keep finding in the attic?   5. Did you ever actually change a light bulb?   6. Where did all those European countries get the dumb idea of having just one currency?   7. Is it true that once upon a time you actually had to type instructions into smart phones?   8. Wasn’t it pretty weird when you had to wear nerdy   Read on »

THE MINDSET LIST® SPEAKS!

by Tom McBride

Looking for Great and Time-Tested Public Speakers?  The Mindset Team is now booking speaking engagements for 2014-15…. Tom McBride and Ron Nief, co-authors of The Beloit College Mindset List® and The Mindset Lists of American History (Wiley, 2011) 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 »

FROM IOUs to ATMs: OUR GUIDE TO FINANCIAL LITERACY (Based on Our Acclaimed Book)

by Tom McBride

From IOUs to ATMs:  A Financial Literacy Guide to  THE MINDSET LISTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY (Wiley, 2011)…  By Tom McBride & Ron Nief…  Introduction: A Tour, Followed By 10 Lessons…   When we first began to write Mindset Lists about what had “always” or “never” been true for entering college students as they grew up, we little dreamed that such Lists would become so popular. And then we did not dream that we would be asked to write a book retelling American history over the past 150 years through the eyes of eighteen year olds as they grew up. And we certainly did not imagine that this book might become a way of teaching financial and economic literacy to today’s teens.   Read on »

THE MINDSET LIST® HITS THE ROAD: NASA, NCAA, & MORE

by Tom McBride

The next three months will be well-traveled ones for us here at THE MINDSET LIST®. *On October 24 we’ll be speaking to the Goddard Space Lab (NASA) in Maryland; *on October 25-26 to the Chicago Historical Society; *on November 3 to the JumpStart Coalition’s Annual Convention on Financial Literacy in Chicago, and *on January 18, 2013 to the NCAA Annual Convention in Dallas What, you might ask, could such a diverse series of groups want to do with us? The answer resides in a simple fact: the generation gap touches nearly everything, from the workplace at NASA to the way museums present history; from the way today’s teens understand financial literacy to how this generation has grown up with an   Read on »

THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2016

by Tom McBride

 Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students, The Class of 2016…. Beloit, Wis. – This year’s entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.  They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future, and are entering college bombarded by questions about jobs and the value of a college degree. They have never needed an actual airline “ticket,” a set of bound encyclopedias, or Romper Room.  Members of this year’s freshman class, most of them born in 1994, are probably the most tribal generation in history and they despise   Read on »

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   Read on »

THE HONOR ROLL OF WHAT AMERICA HAS ALMOST TOTALLY FORGOTTEN

by Tom McBride

HERE’S ANOTHER ITEM ON THE HONOR ROLL OF WHAT AMERICA HAS ALMOST TOTALLY FORGOTTEN!  Singing Telegram…. Inspired Guess by the Young and Restless: Probably some sort of phone app that that gives you text messages set to music…. The Ancient Truth: Singing telegrams go back long before smart phones, but it was another type of phone—a regular old telephone (even with low-tech dial-up mechanisms)–that put the singing telegram out of business. The first singing telegram occurred in the early 1930s when a Western Union public relations guy—Western Union was the nation’s major telegram company—got the idea of having a telegram operator sing a message (over the phone) to the then famous entertainer Rudy Valle. At first everyone snickered at Western   Read on »