Monday, August 24, 2009

For the Middle-Aged, not the Middle Ages

And now for something completely non-medieval:

The Beloit College Mindset List, class of 2013!

A few comments:

They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
This year a librarian retired, and the invitations to the party looked like card catalog cards. The workstudies in the office wondered why there was a hole punched in them.

The European Union has always existed.
Does it exist now?

Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia have always been independent nations.
When I start a story with, "When I lived in the former Soviet Union ..." my students look at me like I'm saying, "When I lived in the Ottoman Empire..."

Vice presidents of the United States have always had real power.
Joe Biden has real power? When did this happen?

They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen. Yet not one ever has.


  1. I'm not even 25 yet, but reading that list made me feel very old! Maybe I'm just old fashioned...

  2. I was going to respond venomously to your comment after They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen, but then I noticed it said "not one" and not "no one."

    I have read quite a few books on my Kindle now, but I doubt the class of 2013 have read any.