I’ve been taught by experience that I can’t expect my students from rural areas to know who the Jews are. So before I proceed to tell them about the three cultures of Medieval Spain, I now ask, “Do you guys know who the Jews are?”
Today, there was a longish pause as the students wrinkled their brows in deep thought.
Finally, a student exclaimed, “Oh! Are these by any chance those folks who are always like doctors and lawyers?”
Well, it isn’t the worst stereotype to have of the Jewish people, I guess. 🙂