School is starting in a couple of weeks and Beloit College has put out their annual list of what the incoming class of freshmen have experienced in their lives. It’s pretty interesting. This class was born when Bill Clinton became President and to them Jimmy Carter is an elderly guy that talks about peace. Sadly, the report says the pattern with each generation is children are growing older at increasing speed. Out of there 75 different observations about this years class I’ve listed the ones that have to do with faith and morality. I found them insightful, inspiring, if not a little scary (since I have a child in the class of 2016!).
- There has always been easy access to harmful information on the internet.
- There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and they have always commanded battleships.
- They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
- We have never asked, and they never had to tell.
- Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
- They have always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus.
- Chicken Soup has always been soul food (the books).
- Women have always been kissing women on television.
- They’ve always been able to dismiss boring old ideas with “been there, done that, gotten the T-shirt.”
- Music has always been available via free downloads.
- No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.
- They have often broken up with significant others via testing, facebook, or MySpace
- Altar girls have never been a big deal.
- Women have always been from Venus; men, Mars.
- As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
Pretty interesting stuff. What do you think?