Post # 1
…what apartheid is?
I was bragging about a student who was reading about apartheid, and how it was awesome because she’s come soooo far this year, and my colleague was like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” So I said, “Oh, you know, segregation in South Africa.” Her response: “I hate history.”
And teachers get all offended when people say they’re not the sharpest bulbs on the bush…
Post # 3
I would. If you’ve gone to high school and/or college, you should have at least heard the term and learned what it was.
And I wasn’t even a history major in college, I studied English. :p
Post # 4
it astounds me on a daily basis the things people don’t know.
Post # 5
I would. I learned about it sometime in highschool (and probably had a few mentions of it in middle school). So assuming the person you are talking to is at least highschool educated, they should know what it was.
Post # 6
Yeah, I would expect any reasonably educated person to know what apartheid is. You said your colleague, as in, another teacher, didn’t know?
Not knowing that is like not knowing about slavery in the U.S. or the persecution of the Jews in WWII. I don’t enjoy reading about history either but come on!
Post # 7
I would expect most people to know about this (assuming they graduated from high school).
Post # 8
@Glasgowbound: I used the word “elucidate” in a meeting one time and was met with BLANK STARES. Like, “OMG you used, like, a big word!!! TEE HEE!!!”
Post # 9
@peachacid: No you can be educated, but still be ignorant. Plenty of people who receive a “good education” do not pay attention to what is going on in the world at large or managed to get by in their classes without learning or retaining anything.
ETA: I would like to say that yes, I would expect that, but that it would not be surprising if they did not per my reasoning above.
Post # 10
@peachacid: Tie him to a chair and make him watch Invictus on a continous loop.
Post # 11
I *wish* I could say this surprises me. In a college history class, a professor asked a girl I sat by to name the anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa…………and she said, in 100% sincerity, “Howie Mandel.”
Not a slip of the tongue, not an “oops, I meant Nelson Mandela”….she thought his name was Howie Mandel.
Post # 12
@peachacid: LOL! I had a similar conversation with my roommate last night. I mentioned that a certain food didn’t look aesthetically pleasing. My 19 year old roommate told me to stop using big words. I laughed and rephrased it as “It didn’t look VISUALLY appealing.”
Post # 13
Yes. But then, I expect “educated” people to know a lot of things they apparently don’t. However, this post is especially worrisome as it is coming from an educatOR.
Post # 14
I would expect it as well but it wouldn’t say anything about her intelligence to me either, we all know certain things and are clueless about other things. It’s my belief that EVERYONE is ignorant to some degree, no one knows everything so we shouldn’t hold them out as any less intelligent because they don’t know what we know, I can guarantee they know something that we don’t know as well. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, just a fact of life.
Post # 15
@peachacid: Ummm. Yes I would. That is horrifying.
Post # 16
@Glasgowbound: +1 lol. it’s really amazing.