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Is there a dearth of good, basic, education in this country or am I just misunderstanding what exactly basic education is?

Back in high school, I learned that the majority of Indians are Hindi, and that being Hindi means you don't eat cow because it's sacred. Now, I don't recall that much otherwise about Hinduism, but I've always kept that in mind to not offend my Hindi friends.

I had lunch at a fast-casual Indian buffet. I'm the only customer in the store, until a tall, lanky, 40ish white guy walks in. I don't hear what the cashier said, but the guy said that he'd be in more than once a week if they did more variety, like fish or beef.

I happened to be sitting by the drink carousel, and as he walked over I politely said to him "You do know that Indian restaurants tend to be Hindi, which holds the cow sacred?" He was polite about being corrected, but all "Oh.... that's why I don't see beef in Indian restaurants".

Dude, I learned that by 10th grade. Isn't that one of the basics of World Cultures that they teach in schools? Or is it just one of those things that only the "smart kids" remember?

Sheesh. I was so tempted to go up and apologize to the cashier for this guy.

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lbmango From: lbmango Date: January 27th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
When I got to college, all my friends were SHOCKED that I had a non-western cultures class...

And these were other well educated kids...
From: mikeda Date: January 27th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
They teach World Cultures in schools?
From: puppybrother Date: January 30th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
If they weren't paying attention that day in class, probably not.

And making people pay attention is kind of hard.
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