My Way News – Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ’14

Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ’14

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Aug 17, 6:22 AM (ET)


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MILWAUKEE (AP) – For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow, phones have never had cords and the computers they played with as kids are now in museums.

The Class of 2014 thinks of Clint Eastwood more as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry urging punks to “go ahead, make my day.” Few incoming freshmen know how to write in cursive or have ever worn a wristwatch.

These are among the 75 items on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List. The compilation, released Tuesday, is assembled each year by two officials at this private school of about 1,400 students in Beloit, Wis.

The list is meant to remind teachers that cultural references familiar to them might draw blank stares from college freshmen born mostly in 1992.

As a 44 year old educator I know my life experience is very different from the students I work with. I try to find ways to relate information to them in meaningful and easily understandable ways. This list is a reminder of how much society has changed just in my students’ lives, not to mention my existence. The list is well worth looking over.

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