A New Semester

As we all get ready for (or in some cases have already begun trying to cope with) the start of a new semester, it is worth looking at the Chronicle’s list of what “has always been the case” for this year’s incoming college freshmen, born (in most cases) in 1990.

To cope with the experience of our encounter with them, most professors will listen to music our students have never heard of…

  • http://oliverstegen.net Oliver Stegen

    Anywhere in Europe, I would hope that my students had heard of Beethoven (whose piano sonatas are still me prefered way of coping with everyday life) but in Musoma, Tanzania, I wouldn’t be so sure (even though most if not all of my students there are much older than 18, some even older than myself). ;-)

  • Carlos

    “To cope with the experience of our encounter with them, most professors will listen to music our students have never heard of…”I can believe that. I’d bet that my students in north Texas don’t get much exposure to West Coast hip-hop. Last night I was informed by a bright-eyed 23-year-old incoming grad student that “I was part of Generation X” whereas she is part of “Generation Y.” So what does that make our incoming freshman — “Generation Z”?


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