Saturday, September 8, 2007

A Different History

Beloit College annually publishes a list of experiences for that year's entering freshman class, reminding us of that group's worldview. It can be adapted, certainly, to today's high school freshmen, as well.

Here are a few:
What Berlin wall?

They have grown up with bottled water

Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa

Pete Rose has never played baseball

Rap music has always been mainstream

Russia has always had a multi-party political system.

Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears

Wolf Blitzer has always been serving up the news on CNN.

They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker.”

Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.

Fox has always been a major network.

Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.

They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.

Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.

MTV has never featured music videos.

They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.

They will encounter roughly equal numbers of female and male professors in the classroom.

Chavez has nothing to do with iceberg lettuce and everything to do with oil.

Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.

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