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Today’s College Freshmen Have No Clue

When the Berlin Wall Came DownThey have no clue how we felt when the Berlin Wall came down.

"Where’s Berlin?" some may ask.

Keeping up with the world around you gives you an edge in relating to others. Just as much as youth is wise to respect age and experience, our elders would be wise to acknowledge the difference in perspective for the people just entering adulthood. The eye-opening Beloit College Mindset List® for the Class of 2011 is out, and you can read for yourself why things like the Berlin Wall have no relevance to today’s college freshmen.

However, I will argue with #66: The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born. Considering that the Mosaic web browser didn’t enter college consciousness until 1993, these kids were more inclined to be exposed to the World Wide Web beginning at earliest age 4. More realistically, though, the web browser is still struggling to get into some classrooms, so I’d hold off another five years before adding this statement to the list. Being the social analyst that I am… not.

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  1. I can understand a generation gap… to a point. But, what happened to learning about history in school? Sure, many of these kids haven’t lived through some of the most momentous occasions in world history, but they should still learn about it.
    And even if schools aren’t doing the jobs we wish they would – and we know many of them aren’t – how about teaching today’s youth to tune into the news, whether it be via TV, Internet or otherwise?
    Like I said, I’ll grant kids today a little leeway because of generational gaps, but there’s never a good excuse for ignorance.

    Posted by: Ann-Marie | August 29, 2007
  2. Oh, sure… there’s two key points here. One is of perspective, but it hints at the other, which is education.
    But, the bottom line is that no matter how much we study another era, it will never shape us the way it does the people who lived it.
    The assassination attempt on President Reagan.
    The Challenger space shuttle disaster.
    The fall of the Berlin Wall.
    The end of communism and the end of the U.S.S.R.
    Kids born in 1989 will *not* understand the lump in our throats or knots in our stomachs. Nor will we understand the way our grandmothers save *everything* for having lived through the Great Depression. Nor will we understand the night terrors and irrational reactions of our fathers and uncles, mothers and aunts, friends… who served in Vietnam.

    Posted by: Christy | August 29, 2007
  3. Don’t call education into question just yet.
    The list obviously took things that happened before and after their birth year, and said they never/always have experienced it. Thats quite the assumption, Beloit College.
    It would have been more interesting if they would have done some sort of survey.

    Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2007
  4. If we fail to learn history, we’ll fail to learn from our mistakes.

    Posted by: The Kauf | August 29, 2007

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