Be Afraid–Be Very Afraid!

The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014 is out and the answers are not good.

Students entering college this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992. Since 1998, Beloit College has published the Beloit College Mindset List designed originally to caution the faculty on the use of dated references.  It has since become a symbol of either the ‘cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall’ or a reminder of how much work these faculty have ahead of them to turn these mushy-brained students into productive adults. You decide.

Here is the Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014:

1. “Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”

4. Al Gore has always been animated.

5. Los Angelenos have always been trying to get along.

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.

8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.

9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus’s folks on Parents’ Weekend.

10. A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.”

The Beloit Minset List goes on—and on at the website link above.  I’ve had enough since this depresses me about the quality of education today and its implications for America’s competitive future unless we can teach these kids how to Tweet math or science formulae in TinyURLs.

Go home tonight and read to any of your children who will sit still long enough to listen!

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