The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014 is out. To quote the site it “provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall”. The first one really struck me:
- Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
Yikes. From what I can remember it was mostly required on handwritten work after 4th grade or so. Only exceptions were when you typed a paper. I’ll confess I have the handwriting of a doctor, but at least I have it.
For the rest of the list, some still applies to me, some doesn’t. Johnny Carson retired in 1992 when I was in second grade, so for the most part I only remember Leno and Letterman. Carson however had a strong impression on pop culture for several years thereafter. First computer I really used was likely an Apple II, though I later used an even older IBM 5150. I also don’t recall when Czechoslovakia cased to exist, I just remember learning about it in the past tense.
“Nirvana is on the classic oldies station”… that’s just crazy talk.