In the September 21, 2009, issue of TIME magazine, Nancy Gibbs wrote this:
Every fall, the professors at Beloit College publish their Mindset List, a dictionary of all the deeply ingrained cultural references that will make to sense to students of the incoming class. This year’s freshmen were typically born in 1991. That means, the authors explain, they have never used a card catalog to find a book; salsa has always outsold ketchup; women have always outnumbered men in college; there has always been blue Jell-O.
I remember hours spent going through card catalogs when I was in college. And, when I was in college, men outnumbered women three-to-one. Of course, that did little for me, a humanities major, because most of these guys majored in agriculture or engineering, fields pretty much closed to women way back then.
Think of the phrases students today don’t really understand: both dial and hang up the phone, a broken record. In the future, it may be these will be explained in books that tells us what “the whole nine yards” means.
My husband has a Kindle and will not return to reading real books. He also uses salsa on his scrambled eggs. He’s obviously moving ahead faster than I because I refuse to give up holding a book in my hands and turning the pages plus I’m an egg purist. No salsa or ketchup for me.
And I prefer red Jello although I’ll eat any color of M&Ms.
What changes do you see around you? What do you remember that today’s kids know nothing about? I’d love to hear from you.