vijayjohn wrote:How am I begging the question if there is no argument in the first place? All that happened was I asked what the point of this thread was, and you gave your response, but I still didn't understand what was so complicated about it.
Your definition of "well-educated" is tautological: a person is well-educated if they've been through the educational system. This simply assumes that whatever the educational system imparts constitutes "education" and ignores all other considerations. That's the very definition of question-begging. How do you determine if the educational system is "flawed" if you don't have some independent standard of what a proper education looks like?
vijayjohn wrote:I can understand asking "what should be taught at school" or even "what constitutes a well-educated person," but to me, asking what someone should know sounds like something that would come dangerously close to saying "so-and-so is not educated because they don't know X," which just seems ridiculous.
Why does that seem ridiculous to you? What's the alternative, to uncritically accept formal credentials? If someone has a high-school diploma, then they have an education, regardless whether they can read and write or solve an equation?
Yes, defining what it means to be educated means that some people will not meet this definition. That doesn't automatically make them inferior, immoral, or otherwise contemptible.
vijayjohn wrote:Okay, but aren't children of immigrants forced to be bicultural, whereas others can choose whether to be bicultural or not? If so, then how is that fair?
Who said it was fair? You have learned, I hope, that life isn't fair. There are all manner of similar inequalities in this world: Gays have to learn straight culture but straights don't have to learn gay culture. Deaf people have to learn about hearing culture but hearing people don't have to learn Deaf culture. And so forth.
I don't think the solution to this is to give up on the idea of having any common culture at all. Rather, we need to broaden mainstream culture so that it embraces and incorporates more subcultures and foreign cultures. We've been moving in that direction for over a century now. There's still a long way to go, but the alternative is balkanisation, which simply isn't sustainable in the long run.