professornana (professornana) wrote,

The new generation

Each year, Benoit College posts its new Mindset List which talks about the things that the incoming freshman class does or does not know compared to classes from the past. Here is the link to this year's list:

As we enter into this new year, here are some highlights to keep in mind:

Their favorite feature films have always been largely, if not totally, computer generated.
They may have been introduced to video games with a new Sony PlayStation left in their cribs by their moms.
A Wiki has always been a cooperative web application rather than a shuttle bus in Hawaii.
They have always been able to plug into USB ports
Their parents’ car CD player is soooooo ancient and embarrassing.
They have always known that there are “five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes" in a year.

GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
Gaga has never been baby talk.

Given some of these items, then, why do some persist in using texts that are no longer relevant to contemporary readers? Yes, I understand that there are classics in literature (I was an English major by choice after all), but if all kids read is canonical, by authors (mostly white and mostly dead) who did not believe they were writing for the "ages," how can it touch their lives? As I read the 20 or so picture books yesterday, I laughed, I teared up, I posted my reading out to Facebook. These books touched me in some way.

As the school year begins, I hope all readers will discover books that touch their lives, their hearts, their minds.
Tags: canonical literature, mindset
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