Mindset of the class of 2014

The Beloit Mindset list for the class of 2014 includes these gems:

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.
10. Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren’t afraid of immigration…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.
15. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.
39. Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.
40. There have always been HIV positive athletes in the Olympics.
62. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.

This year’s list seems to have more social justice related items than prior lists, but fewer items directly related to information and education than the class of 2013 list.

1 Response to “Mindset of the class of 2014”

  1. 1 Mat August 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Item #1 pertaining to cursive is troubling and in the last three years, I have noticed its effects on our students. Young undergrads come into the archives to do research and cannot read handwritten letters from the mid-1800s. This is especially troublesome for them when their assignment is to do a research paper on the University’s founding family and the source they need for their paper (the archival documents) is in a format they cannot read. We are often being asked if there is a typescript for the letters so they can get the information they need (which there isn’t–can you imagine the money it would take to do this project? Worthy, but overwhelming) . More often than not, the librarians end up “translating” the letter for them.

    I realize that changes in paleography are not new, but it does sadden me that these students cannot read the founding documents of our country but will be nonetheless be governed by them. They will see the Declaration of Independence and not be able to read it. Kinda sad but who publishes in Gothic type anymore, right?


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