C. Arthur Sandeen, vice president for student affairs at the University of Florida from 1973-1999, believes that in many ways, today’s students are a lot like students of the past. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes his current graduate course, “Issues in Student Affairs Administration at Florida,” in which he urges students to be wary of generation labels and of categorizing large groups of people. In the class, he provides students with a list of 51 examples he’s collected over the years of such “generation labeling.” Mom, Dad–Do you remember any of these? Were many of these mainstream terms, or just collected by Mr. Sandeen from select contexts?
The Lost Generation, Joe College, The Rioting Mobs, The Grinders, The Veterans, The Beat Generation, The Uncommitted, The Disaffiliated, The Underachievers, The Silent Generation, The Me Generation, The Collegiates, The Vocationals, The Nonconformists, The Disengaged Generation, The Shopping Mall Generation, The Organization Kid, Generation X, Generation Y, Generation O, The Draft Dodgers, The Digital Generation, Effete Corps of Impudent Snobs, The Bums, The Young Radicals, The Pampered Generation, The Searchers, The Sandwich Generation (??), The Echo Boomers, The Woodstock Generation, The Slackers, The Numb and Dumbers, The Ritalin Generation, The millennials, Gen Next, Generation Jones, The Youtube Generation, The MTV Generation, The War Babies, and the Third Wave Feminists.
–Maria, Child of the MTV Generation