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Annual Beloit College mindset list will make you feel oldhttp://www.jsonline.com/news/education/128238168.htmlThe Mindset Listhttp://www.beloit.edu/mindset/LBJ Library & Museumhttp://www.lbjlibrary.org/A Brief History of the Internethttp://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtmlHarvard Entrance Examination from 1869 [pdf]http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/education/harvardexam.pdfFor all of those young people entering college in the coming weeks, Amazon has never been just a river in South America, and video games have always had ratings. These are just two of the items on the annual Beloit College Mindset List, which has been published every August since 1998. The list was originally created by Beloit College staff members Ron Nief and Tom McBride to remind faculty to be aware of dated references in the classroom. Since then it has grown to serve as a catalog of the changing worldview of new generations, and thousands of people eagerly await the release of the list. This year's list contains 75 items, including such gems as, "Arnold Palmer has always been a drink". Professor McBride mentioned in a recent interview, "If you look at the jump from email to texting, or from email to Facebook, it's been faster than the jump from typing to computers. These generational gaps are getting smaller." Both Nief and McBride agree that the Internet is the integral difference for this "new" class, as there has "always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway." There's certainly a lot to talk about here, and the entire list is worth a close look. [KMG]The first link will take visitors to a piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education about the new Mind-Set List. The second link leads to an article from this Tuesday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the List's origins, along with commentary from both Nief and McBride. Moving along, the third link leads to the official Mind-Set List homepage, which includes the complete list, along with past lists dating back to 1998. The fourth link will take users away to the homepage of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. This is relevant as this year's Mind-Set List notes that to many people entering college this year "LBJ" may be more closely linked to LeBron James than to the former president of the United States. The fifth link whisks users away to a rather fine and concise history of the Internet, courtesy of a team of experts assembled by the Internet Society. The final link will take visitors way back to an 1869 entrance examination for students hoping to enter Harvard College.
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