Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Adding to the Beloit College List

Posted by Michele Olson

Every year since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It’s a list that states many of the cultural touchstones that have help shape the lives of the current year’s freshman college class. It’s actually become more popular for anyone who is older than typical college age. We read the list and marvel at how much society quickly changes.

For example, the young adults have never known a time when condoms weren’t advertised on TV. They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer. There has always been flat screen TV’s in their lifetime and there has always been blue Jello-O.

It got me thinking that I would love to see some new points hit the list in the next few years. Take a look at these:

1) Seriously dating and engaged couples have always known that marriage preparation education can make a big difference in the success of their future.
2) Starting in grade school, students have always had a class on healthy relationship education that includes how to resolve conflicts in a healthy way.
3) Society as a whole places great importance on learning communication skills and has always embraced marriage education for all.
4) Couples have always been attending a marriage workshop every year, considering it as important as their yearly doctor check-up.

Now that would be a list!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone knew communication and conflict resolution skills as well as reading, writing and math? What can you do today to help make that happen? A great first step is to get your own Marriage Myth Buster Guide. They’re free and we’d be happy to send you one.


M. Denise Wilmer Barreto said...

Agree - those would be great additions - I predict in the next 20 years - one or more of those items will be included on the list....

I am building a game plan to make it so as we speak!

Keep up the good work Michele! said...

Game it! I can't wait to see what you do! Thanks for blogging.