My son will be attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago this fall. We're very proud. As part of the process of getting him settled in, he attended student orientation and I attended parent orientation. Listening to the administrators and instructors tell us how our children will be ok, and will learn and are, because they are "artists", are different from other children (as if we didn't know this) and what we can do to help them become the best professional artists they can be.
At one point during the program, we were introduced to the Beloit College Mindset List, and were told that the actual list would be coming out in about a week. The Mindset List is a list of things that incoming college freshmen are aware of in the world. It is used to give professors a sense of perspective It came out today. I read it. My husband put me on the suicide list. Pray for me.
I remember 1991-92. My daughter was 2 years old, my son born in September of 91. I was complaining about compact discs replacing cassettes. Now, my kids ask why I have CDs and no mp3 player. What a life.
The Mindset List makes note of the things this particular group of humans believe, know and understand about their world, and how the things people older than them believe, know and understand, just don't make an ounce of sense to them. Like, our son wonders why his father insists on wearing a watch when he has the time on his cell phone. An addendum to that is how he laughs when I talk about winding a watch. I'm old.
Both children wonder why I still carry stamps in my wallet and even have envelops and stationary in the house. They're looking forward to watching me play with my new toy, a slide scanner I purchased to convert all of my father's thousands of slides he'd taken over the years to digital files. They like playing with my mother's record player and daddy's old LPs. They wonder why we still have a land line in the house. I'm old.
Check out the list. It comes out every year. Just a simple reminder of how the world is changing, moving forward, faster and quieter than we might notice. Its a look at our past and how our future will be different for us, but just "ordinary" for them.