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Thursday, August 19, 2010

you want to think (and you secretly pray) this is a joke story

but it ain't

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Most young Americans entering university this year can't write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven's a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college.
To students who will get their bachelor's degrees in 2014, Czechoslovakia has never existed, Fergie is a pop singer, not a duchess; Clint Eastwood is a sensitive movie director, not Dirty Harry; and John McEnroe stars in TV ads, not on the tennis court, Beloit College's "Mindset" list says...............

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

For the rest of us . . . welcome to Old Fogeydom!

stray said...

I'm less concerned about most young Americans being unable to write in cursive than I am about them being unable to write at all. Or read.

It would be cool if more of them knew about Beethoven of the killer violin concerto, but you're either in the club or you're not on that one, as has always been the case, even when the guy was alive.

Really the biggest realization most of the profs I know have had is that 18 year olds do not take notes, nor do they tend to learn things outright -- there is no need for them to do this, because they have little machines to do it for them.

a rose is a rose said...

i am frighted they don't know WHO beethoven is. i don't care if they like him or not. as far as reading and writing, i'm also afraid many don't know how to do either unless the piece contains, 'lol, u, qq, ....'

i'm embarrassed when i see some of my cowokers professional emails.