This new generation has a totally different perspective of life, of tomorrow and of the past. There are many historical events and people that will not be able to relate to. There are many objects and tools that we are familar with, but they may not know that they have existed. Some may find information like this from history books, and some of the information will just be lost.
Below is some examples of this generation’s perspective. This information comes from Beloit College who gives it to their professors so they use relatable references in their classes. The complete information can be found at: The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014.
Class of 2014
- Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
- With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.
- 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.
- Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.
- Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
- They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
- Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
- Czechoslovakia has never existed.
- Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.
- Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.
- Beethoven has always been a good name for a dog.
- Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
- They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.
- It seems the Post Office has always been going broke.
Class of 2013
- The Green Giant has always been Shrek, not the big guy picking vegetables.
- They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
- Salsa has always outsold ketchup.
- Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible.
- They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer.
- State abbreviations in addresses have never had periods.
- There has always been a Cartoon Network.
- Women have always outnumbered men in college.
- We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real-time.
- Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia have always been independent nations.
- Ozzy Osbourne has always been coming back.
- Someone has always been asking: “Was Iraq worth a war?”
- The status of gays in the military has always been a topic of political debate.
- Official racial classifications in South Africa have always been outlawed.
- There has always been blue Jell-O.
Class of 2012
- Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
- GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
- Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
- WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
- IBM has never made typewriters.
- They have never been able to color a tree using a raw umber Crayola.
Class of 2011
- They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
- Authorities have always been building a wall along the Mexican border.
- Lenin’s name has never been on a major city in Russia.
- Caller ID has always been available on phones.
- They never heard an attendant ask “Want me to check under the hood?”
- Soft drink refills have always been free.
- There have always been charter schools.
Class of 2010
- What Berlin wall?
- They never “rolled down” a car window.
- They have grown up with bottled water.
- General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
- Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
- Being “lame” has to do with being dumb or inarticulate, not disabled.
- Fox has always been a major network.
- Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.
- Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
- They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
- Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
- They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.
- They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
- Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.
- The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
- Dilbert has always been ridiculing cubicle culture.
- Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.