Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
It's amazing how little general knowledge many people have, even when much older than she. Schools don't encourage broad-based knowledge, and are teaching subjects more than encouraging learning. I know young people who got into Stanford and UC Berkeley who just don't know much generally. They learned their subjects in school and gave the right answers on tests, but are incurious. They are not unintelligent, but are uninquisitive. So they just lack a lot of "common knowledge".
I think it was Einstein who said that culture is what remains after you forgot all that you have learned.

In the case of these people knowing only what they were taught, I think it can be said that even if they knew much more they would remain ignorant.

Being cultivated, just like being ignorant, is a mindset.