Posted by Hoyt Smith on August 17, 2010
The way each of us see the world is influenced by many different things. How you were raised, where and when are just some of them. The headline above is one of the statements that some professors at Beloit College in Wisconsin have applied to the incoming class of 2014. The incoming college freshman have experienced a very different world than many of us “slightly older” folks have.
Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail
There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.
Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.
DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.
It’s a yearly and fascinating exercise that is designed to help the professors understand a little of how their new students see the world. As this years Mindset posting says of the Class 0f 2014 “They will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them. A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship. They will discover how to research information in books and journals and not just on-line.”
Read the whole Beloit Mindset list here.