Next fall the incoming freshmen class will have a frame of reference which is limited, naturally, as mine and yours was at that same time. I think you will see the humor and some irony. However, after reviewing the list, follow the link I provided at the end, and think about this class or even recent graduates. You may find it as revealing, but not so humorous. In two to four years these will be your new employees, co- workers or your customers! Will this class or any American class be able to compete?

1. They have no recollection of the Reagan Era.
2. They were pre-teen during the Persian Gulf War.
3. They were 6 when the Soviet Union broke up.
4. They don’t remember the space shuttle tragedy.
5. Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.
6. Their lifetime has always included the AIDS decease.
7. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
8. The expression “you sound like a broken record” means nothing
9. They have always had voice mail and email.
10.They have always had cable.
11.There has always been Tivo, but they have no idea what a VCR is.
12.Roller skating has always meant in-line.
13.Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
14.Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
15.They probably don’t remember Michael Jordan.
16.The Vietnam War is as ancient history as World War II.
17.They have no idea that Americans were held hostage in Iran.
18.They think we always knew where the Titanic was.
19.Michael Jackson has always been white.
20.They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Someone in my professional community sent me this video link, and I believe it is worth your time [4:46]. I am confident you will be as concerned about the data as I was. The younger you are, should exponential increase your concern.

Living in Exponential Times: Good work by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman of researching the progression of information technology and its effect on education and jobs in the future.

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