Beloit College's popular Mindset List has anonymous critics

  • Article by: Karen Herzog , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Updated: August 25, 2013 - 2:52 PM

Beloit College’s popular Mindset List has anonymous — and vocal — critics.

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wtc1066Aug. 25, 13 8:10 PM

Anonymous criticism is weak. The critics have missed the spirit and the point of the list. And, they have too much time on their hands and serious judgment issues if this how they are going to improve academia.

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meheuringAug. 26, 13 2:07 PM

I'll admit my bias up front, because I'm a Beloit grad and Tom McBride was my advisor. The critics of the Mindset List are missing the point of the list. What McBride and Nief are doing is reminding us that a lot of the cultural assumptions and references that older people make are likely to be lost on younger people. One of the principal tasks of a liberal arts education is to provide a cohesive framework for understanding the larger world, including those things that young people might not yet have encountered or understand. Tom McBride is a Shakespeare scholar and always made a point of helping us understand the universality of the themes contained in Shakespeare's works. He's simply doing the same thing here, in a different context.

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