The Beloit College list is out. This is the cultural gut check for people who think about this year's crop of freshmen. I alluded to some of these items in the sermon Sunday.
The class of 2012 was born, by and large, in 1990. These are some of their controlling realities:
They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
GPS systems have always been available.
Girls in head scarves have always been part of the school fashion scene.
WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
The Warsaw Pact is as hazy for them as the League of Nations was for their parents.
Clarence Thomas has always sat on the Supreme Court.
The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno.
Caller ID has always been available on phones.
There have always been charter schools.
This may help us greet this year's crop of incoming freshmen. Whether you bump into them on Grand River, serve them dinner at a Canterbury meal, or teach or help them on campus, remember ... they come from Another World.