Beloit Midset List for the Class of 2021

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Beloit College has released its Midset list for 2021.   The list is compiled by Tom McBride, Ron Nief, and Charles Westerberg.

The new class are students who were born in 1999.  None of these people have been alive during these students’ lifetimes: Joe DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Walter Payton, and Dusty Springfield.

Here are the top 10 items:

  1. Their classmates could include Eddie Murphy’s Zola and Mel Gibson’s Tommy, or Jackie Evancho singing down the hall.
  2. They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials —  enter next year, on cue, Generation Z! 
  3. They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.
  4. Electronic signatures have always been as legally binding as the pen-on-paper kind.
  5. In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers, who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.
  6. eHarmony has always offered an algorithm for happiness.
  7. Peanuts comic strips have always been repeats.
  8. They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.
  9. They have never found Mutual Broadcasting or Westinghouse Group W on the radio dial, but XM has always offered radio programming for a fee.
  10. There have always been emojis to cheer us up.

The rest of the list is here.

Past lists are here.

Video podcast by the authors on the 2021 list.

The guide for starting discussions about the list.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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