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The Mindset List: 2015

August 25, 2011

I get a kick out of this every year.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. … it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation.

Some highlights from this year’s list, which is here.

1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
2. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
5. There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
11. More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
16. Women have never been too old to have children.
19. We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
21. They’ve always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus.
37. Music has always been available via free downloads.
38. Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.
63. They won’t go near a retailer that lacks a website.
71. Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.

Interesting stuff. What might it mean for those of us in ministry? Youth/student/college ministers specificaly?

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