Friday, May 04, 2007

Old Men

While I no longer teach regularly, while I did it had the frightening benefit of keeping me way too aware of the ever evolving gulf between my basic cultural-historical frame of reference and that of my students. The incoming college class of 2011, roughly 18 years old this coming Fall, will have been born in 1991 1989. The Clinton presidency will be but a dim and vague memory for them. In a couple more years, given the tendency to not spend much time on recent history in high school, the Lewinsky scandal will be something which will have to be explained to college freshmen.

All this is my roundabout way of saying that all this Reagan worship is getting a bit dated. Sure I suppose it'll appeal to some conservative primary voters, but it'll also highlight how old and out of touch these guys are for the most part. At 35 I remember the Reagan era, but those who are 30 and under really don't.