Eileen’s Lessons – September 2017
When my daughter was in middle school, she asked me to help her with her French class homework. She was writing sentences and wanted me to check them to see if they made sense. My 2 years of French in Middle School, 4 years in High School, 4 years in College and being an exchange student in France during part of my junior year in high school surely made me a reliable resource. So, it seems only fitting that I should be able to proof some simple sentences for a French 1 class, yes? I looked over the sentences and told her I could help with all but one sentence. I simply didn’t recognize one of her vocabulary words. I could tell it was a noun, but I was certain that I had never seen the word “ordinateur” in my studies or while living in France. Also, I looked the word up in my pocket dictionary (© 1978) and it wasn’t there either.
Of course, my daughter thought I was crazy. She said to me, “Mom, how could you not know the word for computer?”
That’s ok because Beloit College in Wisconsin released its annual “Mindset List” for the class of 2021. It turns out the entering college class of 2021 doesn’t know a time when a “phone” wasn’t a video game and research library. If you ask them about a dial-up modem, expect a blank stare. In their lifetimes, Blackberry has gone from being a wild fruit to being a communications device to becoming a wild fruit again. So, it’s ok that I didn’t know the word for computer, because it is likely that the current generation doesn’t know how to use a dictionary. Guess what? None of that matters because they will soon be our employees, are you ready for them?
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