Meeting Our Students Where They Are

Every year, Beloit College puts out its annual “mindset list,” which is an annual reminder of both the vicissitudes of popular culture and how much older I should feel at the beginning of the academic year. This year’s class of entering students, according to the Beloit list, “are mostly 18 and were born in 1999.” That means, among other things, that we have a passel of new students for whom “Peanuts comic strips have always been repeats” and “the seat of Germany’s government has always been back in Berlin.” There are sixty items on this year’s list, all of them aimed at getting faculty like us to shake our heads ruefully at what it feels like when we keep getting older while our students stay the same age. Continue reading “Meeting Our Students Where They Are”