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(WISN Milwaukee)   It's not officially back to school time until Beloit College releases its annual "Mindset List" of things the newest college class has always/never had. This year, they've always had Google, South Park, and a National Championship Game   (wisn.com) divider line
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2015-09-01 8:48:54 AM  
11 votes:

havocmike: These stories are ridiculous. Time marches on. Make peace it with, or become bitter.


I choose bitter.
 
2015-09-01 8:42:10 AM  
7 votes:
Charlton Heston is recognized for waving a rifle over his head as much as for waving his staff over the Red Sea.

Do people under 30 even recognize who Charlton Heston is?
 
2015-09-01 9:25:59 AM  
6 votes:
I watched my kid try to figure out how to operate a rotary phone a few months ago. She kept pushing the numbers under the dial and was getting increasingly frustrated and angry with me for laughing. She really didn't like it when I told her to remember the experience the next time she felt like laughing at someone struggling with new technology.
 
2015-09-01 9:10:20 AM  
6 votes:
Beloit College releases it's annual "Mindset List"

*its
 
2015-09-01 9:35:58 AM  
5 votes:
When my grandmother was born, manned flight  was almost 15 years in the future. There were no commercial automobiles in the state. The electric light bulbs in the area were oddities or of scientific interest. Telephones were rumors. Movies, radio, TV ... all figments of imagination. By the time she died there were personal computers in homes and it had been a dozen years since men 1st walked on the moon, In medicine in her era even a Rothschild died from staph infections. By the time she died, application had been made to implant an artificial heart, and a man who had recently received a heart transplant  would go on to live another 30 years. Custer's fall was more recent for her than the 1st Gulf War is for us. By the time she died a world war had been concluded with 2 nuclear weapons. And that was as remote for her as Reagan is for us. For her generation changes in technology must have looked like a time lapse movie of a flower growing.

No technological  change that I've experienced in over 60 years has been more than incremental. The changes for freshmen heading into school this year have hardly been that. More like changes in fashion.
 
2015-09-01 9:07:52 AM  
4 votes:
Want to feel real old? In a mere 4 years, there will never have been twin towers in lower Manhattan. In two years after that, there will always have been US troops deployed in active combat in the Middle East.
 
2015-09-01 8:30:11 AM  
4 votes:
holy fark does this make me feel old. I was in college when the first south park was made.
 
2015-09-01 10:26:23 AM  
3 votes:
When I was in radio, in a university town, we passed this to all the older air staff so they could "relate" to the youngsters. Pretty handy
 
2015-09-01 9:31:54 AM  
3 votes:

havocmike: These stories are ridiculous. Time marches on. Make peace it with, or become bitter.


It isn't about being bitter, it's about putting time and cultural references into perspective for the "old" people.

Kids aren't dumb because they don't get your reference, they just grew up with a different set of references.

Take something as innocuous as an address book. There was a piece on the local NPR station the other day where they put one on a table and asked high schoolers, "what is this?"

They didn't have a clue. Not because they're dumb, but because for their entire lives an "address book" has been called "contacts" and is on this battery powered thing that fits in your pocket.
 
2015-09-01 8:36:57 AM  
3 votes:
Google - nope not always been there, but sadly always there now. In your pages, phone, street, sky, anus.
 
2015-09-01 12:06:55 PM  
2 votes:

Arkham: holy fark does this make me feel old. I was in college when the first south park was made.


I work with high schoolers, so I have a little exercise I do to constantly remind myself of how old I am: I graduated HS in '85, which means my high school experience is as relevant to today's seniors as a 1955 graduate's experience was to me.

Not, in other words, at all.
 
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2015-09-01 9:38:13 AM  
2 votes:
holy fark does this make me feel old. I was in college when the first south park was made.

I was in college when the first Simpsons was made.
 
2015-09-01 9:36:21 AM  
2 votes:
FTFA: 14. Cellphones have become so ubiquitous in class that teachers don't know which students are using them to take notes and which ones are planning a party.

Fix that shiat. NO cell phones. As someone who used to work for a school district, it is RIDICULOUS that they even allow them into the classroom.
 
2015-09-01 9:34:26 AM  
2 votes:
43. Humans have always had implanted radio frequency ID chips, slightly larger than a grain of rice.

I remember being funny when I went to college.

18 years ago!  I remember when South Park started.  Hell, I'm so old I stopped watching it about a decade ago.
 
2015-09-01 9:01:24 AM  
2 votes:

serial_crusher: Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online.

That's still a thing?  Are they just patronizing the last of the ancient librarians until they die off?

/ My dogs name is Dewie. I always say, "like the decimal system", but kids these days have no idea what I'm talking about.
// yes I know the decimal system is spelled Dewey. They're pronounced the same though.


It's extremely difficult to teach what a 'trusted' source is. I was teaching a grad course last year when a student came to me shocked (SHOCKED) at all the information he had found on chemtrails.
 
2015-09-01 8:58:50 AM  
2 votes:
A full 40% or more will be inked up like a 10 year old girl's spiral notebook by the time they're thirty.
 
2015-09-01 8:52:45 AM  
2 votes:
Where do these kids get the nerve to be so young? When I was their age, I was 36.

Fffft.
 
2015-09-01 8:32:24 AM  
2 votes:
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2015-09-02 12:02:41 AM  
1 vote:

Obfuscatory_Drivel: 43. Humans have always had implanted radio frequency ID chips, slightly larger than a grain of rice.
......wait....what!?!?


In 18 years the list will have, We've always known about the implanted radio frequency ID chips, slightly larger than a grain of rice.
 
2015-09-01 10:05:04 PM  
1 vote:

meyerkev: Uzzah: H31N0US: Want to feel real old? In a mere 4 years, there will never have been twin towers in lower Manhattan. In two years after that, there will always have been US troops deployed in active combat in the Middle East.

This year's incoming freshmen will be the last that can have even the slightest personal recollection of the events of 9/11 -- they were 4 years old at the time.

Even then, I was in 5th grade and my sister was in 2nd.

Our "personal recollection" is:

* Mom called the school and told us to get on the bus home
* We got a little note talking about "today's tragedy" or similar "Don't let the kiddies know what happened" wording.
* There were no contrails in the sky.
* At THAT point, we get home about 3:30 in the afternoon, and turn to the local news channels.

Now it sounds like the middle schoolers got to watch the whole thing live because their teachers just turned the classroom TV's to CNN, but at our level, we were pretty detached.


I was in eighth grade in Mr. Sanford's early-morning science class (it must have been second or third period). During a break, Mr. Sanford logged on to the internet to check the news (I lived in a really small town in upstate NY, and since it had only been about five years since Internet use became widespread in the rural parts of NY, CNN's website was still a novelty). I distinctly remember him saying that the "White House and Pentagon had been attacked by terrorists." I thought that he was on a movie preview website talking about a new fall blockbuster that was coming out.

Then we went to Social Studies next period, and Ms. DelSavio was deathly serious...talking about what had happened and that the towers were just "gone". A friend of mine whose parents worked on Wall Street near the towers rushed out of the room in tears (they were all right, but no one knew). We didn't get to watch the live coverage of the attacks until Home Economics around 11:30, by which point the towers had come down.

After we were led outside and out of the building, one of the less bright asshats in my grade yelled, to no one in particular, "Look! A plane!" Nobody was amused.

/NSCSB
//will always remember that terrible day
///can't believe it'll be 14 years come the 11th
 
2015-09-01 3:20:30 PM  
1 vote:

vudukungfu: None of you know hoe to survive with out your precious little devices.


And apparently you don't know how to survive without spell correct.

/I survived pretty well long before having a cellphone, I'm sure other young people can do the same
 
2015-09-01 12:50:55 PM  
1 vote:
meyerkev:
Now it sounds like the middle schoolers got to watch the whole thing live because their teachers just turned the classroom TV's to CNN, but at our level, we were pretty detached.

Sounds like me and the Kennedy assassination. We got called to the auditorium and told the school day was being suspended and we should get on the bus or walk home. Me and my pal Patrick looked at each other and said "So, we're gonna miss lunch?"

/tough crowd
 
2015-09-01 11:56:30 AM  
1 vote:
In a couple of years, there will have always been an American in orbit. That's pretty cool. Sure, we haven't been to the moon in a long time, but we haven't left space in over a decade.
 
2015-09-01 11:42:03 AM  
1 vote:

ipxodi: That list did not seem as surprising as some previous lists.   Maybe a lot of references just haven't changed in the last 18 years?


Is there a collection of each years list?  How long has the college been making the list?


Number 50 on the list might be a clue.
 
2015-09-01 11:16:16 AM  
1 vote:
1) Released about two weeks ago.
2) Numbers 30 and 43 are not quite true; I suspect they meant "pets" for #43.
 
2015-09-01 10:32:41 AM  
1 vote:

shpritz: FTA:
23. Kyoto has always symbolized inactivity about global climate change.

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Still remembers when it was Rio.


sure, blame it on Rio
 
2015-09-01 10:14:42 AM  
1 vote:

H31N0US: Want to feel real old? In a mere 4 years, there will never have been twin towers in lower Manhattan. In two years after that, there will always have been US troops deployed in active combat in the Middle East.


This year's incoming freshmen will be the last that can have even the slightest personal recollection of the events of 9/11 -- they were 4 years old at the time.
 
2015-09-01 9:55:58 AM  
1 vote:
43. Humans have always had implanted radio frequency ID chips, slightly larger than a grain of rice.

implanted? Do they know something about RFID I don't?
 
2015-09-01 9:17:14 AM  
1 vote:
15. The airport in Washington, D.C., has always been Reagan National Airport.

they moved the airport into dc?  when did that happen?
 
2015-09-01 9:13:07 AM  
1 vote:
Mindset includes unawareness/indifference towards possessive pronouns....

("... it's annual ...")
 
2015-09-01 9:12:00 AM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: I think Ten Commandments still plays on TV every Passover.


As a huge fan of the big budget, unapologeticly WASP, Biblical epics I can confirm that The Ten Commandments is still on yearly rotation. Unfortunately it's getting increasingly difficult to find classics like The Robe and The Greatest Story Ever Told let alone Barabbas.
 
2015-09-01 9:05:36 AM  
1 vote:

T-Servo: serial_crusher: Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online.

That's still a thing?  Are they just patronizing the last of the ancient librarians until they die off?

/ My dogs name is Dewie. I always say, "like the decimal system", but kids these days have no idea what I'm talking about.
// yes I know the decimal system is spelled Dewey. They're pronounced the same though.

It's extremely difficult to teach what a 'trusted' source is. I was teaching a grad course last year when a student came to me shocked (SHOCKED) at all the information he had found on chemtrails.


Jeez, what an idiot.

Everybody knows you have to ask a few questions, feel a person out, before talking about the chemtrails. What if it turns out they're one of Them?  Now They know that you know about the chemtrails.
 
2015-09-01 8:56:30 AM  
1 vote:
Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online.

That's still a thing?  Are they just patronizing the last of the ancient librarians until they die off?

/ My dogs name is Dewie. I always say, "like the decimal system", but kids these days have no idea what I'm talking about.
// yes I know the decimal system is spelled Dewey. They're pronounced the same though.
 
2015-09-01 8:53:34 AM  
1 vote:
If you say "around the turn of the century," they may well ask you, "Which one?"

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2015-09-01 8:40:19 AM  
1 vote:
Is 43 a nod to the tinfoil hat brigade?
 
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