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Here is something to keep in mind as we look forward our undergraduate teaching in the coming year:
- The students who will be starting college this fall across nation were born in 1980.
- They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era.
- They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
- Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
- Their world has always included AIDS.
- Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette audiotapes; they may have heard of an 8-track, but probably never actually seen (or heard) one.
- The digital Disc was presented to Wall street when they were 1 year old.
- From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and threw away.
- As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.
- Few, if any, have lived without an answering machine.
- Few have used a TV set with only 13 channels.
- Some use the word "clickers" for "remote control", yet they do not know why they say it.
- They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
- The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
- They have no memory of American trips into space via anything but the Space Shuttle.
- Manned flights to the moon are ancient history to them.
Would anyone care to add items to the list? Looking forward to hearing from you.