One of my colleagues stopped by with a handout she was given yesterday at a class for new teachers. It points out that most of the kids entering college this fall were born in 1988. It then goes on to list 75 things which illustrate the generational gap between them and us ("us" in this case primarily being people born in 1980 or before). While I won't list them all (with their numbers on the list), here are a few of my personal favorites:
1. The Soviet Union never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents'.
11. A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.
15. They have never had to distinguish between the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and football teams.
19. "Google" has always been a verb.
21. Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
24. Madden has always been a game, not a Superbowl-winning coach.
36. They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
55. They have always had access to their own credit cards.
62. Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti have always been luxury cars of choice.
66. Dolphin-free canned tuna has always been on sale.
67. Disposable contact lenses have always been available.
72. Richard M. Daley has always been the major of Chicago.
74. Ringo Starr has always been clean and sober.
75. Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics.
This list is put out every year by Beloit College. See the complete list and lists from previous years here.