Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Old Farts

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Old Farts

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Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of that year's incoming freshmen. Here is this year's list:

* The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.

* They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

* They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

* Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.

* There has been only one Pope.

* They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

* They have never feared a nuclear war.

* They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

* Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

* Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

* Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

* Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

* The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.

* They have never owned a record player.

* They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.

* They may have never heard of an 8 track.

* The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

* As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.

* They have always had an answering machine.

* Most have never seen a television set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen black-and-white television. …

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