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Thoughts On Mindset List For Class Of 2014

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:

  1. 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.