Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mindset for the Class of 2012 and Pay Attention

Beloit College posts the Mindset for classes 2002 through 2012 every year and has presented the lists for the past 11 years.

As parents and their students return to college this fall, the lists make for interesting dinner table or class discussions, writing assignments, and blog posts.

From the Beloit College Mindset for the Class of 2012 homepage:

The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.

The complete list is available through this link or by clicking the title of this post:

Some notable points of the list of 60:

WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
Caller ID has always been available on phones.

Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
There have always been charter schools.
They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
IBM has never made typewriters.

After reviewing the list, the video Pay Attention came to mind as a video to share.

What is your mindset? When was the last time you assessed your paradigm? Are you paying attention?
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