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out-dated, part 2

NPR ran a story about the Beloit Mindset List for this year (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/19/432878853/for-incoming-freshmen-which-cultural-touchstones-are-out-of-touch?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=education). I read this list with interest each year as it discusses the ever-changing world of students entering college each year. It documents the changes that all of us need to keep in mind, I think, as we enter another year of teaching. I am nearing my 40th year overall and my 26th year at SHSU. I have witnessed those changes, and I take many of them to heart.

Here is one of the items on the Beloit list that I loved seeing:

They have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes.

Whether this was intended or to, it makes TWO points. Yes, college freshmen did indeed read the 7 volumes (not all of them, but a huge majority). It is the other portion of this item, though, that strikes a chord for me and for anyone who has pushed for more contemporary titles be infused into the stagnant reading lists and anthologies for years. They "built their reading skills" by reading HP. I would argue that they built skills even sooner reading tons of picture books, chapter books, GNs, novels, nonfiction, and other books and materials. Huzzah!

I wonder, though, what the mindset of the upcoming generation might be, the ones being raised with CCSS and ll the other commodifications in the reformist agenda in education. What might THAT list look like?
Tags: beloit mindset list, npr
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