If your kitchen table was covered with soundly explained math equations, your kids would probably fell in love with math … Similarly they would fall in love with physics, chemistry, biology, and other disciplines, if they were permanently presented (and soundly explained) on various items that surround us at home: napkins, curtains, toilet paper, etc.
Now, if we also wanted our kids to become critical thinkers, we would present all „unquestionable truths“ as just debatable hypotheses. We would encourage kids to search for answers and invent new laws by themselves, while making sure that their curiosity is a little bit stronger than skepticism, and sense of beauty prevails over „pure reason“ … To make it short, it could look like this:
Given the highly sensitive nature of mainstream academia, every statement should be polished up to „state of the art“ … for which we need help of „spirited“ scientists and philosophers, whose reward is guaranteed by many families allover the world anticipating such a work!
Kids must outgrow teachers, therefore we should encourage them to think differently than we do; not to be afraid of being „heretical“, as this is the only way of becoming insightful; and have courage to deal with „inexplicable“, as this is the only way to sharpen the sense of righteousness and beauty …
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education (Bertrand Russell)
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so (Mark Twain)
(the most frequent indoctrination is 1 + 1 = 2, which only holds when added values do not interact with each other, e.g., money in your pocket, but not what surround us)
The goal of science is not so much in acquiring new data, but in finding new, more elegant explanations to the old, well-known truths