BELOIT, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) For most college freshmen, a tablet is not a pill you take – a chat seldom involves talking with somebody – and G-M is food that’s genetically-modified. Those are among the 60 items on this year’s Beloit College Mind-set list, which helps teachers communicate better with their students.
The list has been put together each August since 1998, and Beloit College says more than a million people go on line to view it. Speaking of computers, this year’s college freshmen believe that we’ve always been able to plug into U-S-B ports – and the C-D players in their parents’ cars are so ancient.
The Mindset List has had both its imitators and its critics. Inside Higher Ed says a school in Australia has emulated the Beloit College list. Daniel D’Addario wrote on Salon-Dot-Com that the Mindset List is not all that relevant because it contains mainly bad puns about technology, products college freshmen have never seen, random events which have always been the case for young adults, and people who’ve always been dead or famous to them.
Beloit English professor Tom McBride says it’s a relevant list that millions look forward to each year – and he enjoys debating the subject with critics. McBride and Ron Nief came up with the idea for the Mindset List. And, oh yes – for college students born in 1995, Mickey Mantle, Jerry Garcia, and Dean Martin have always been dead.