Bruce Veinotte, originator of the School Sucks Project, has done some tutoring in his post professional “teacher” career. One of his charges was taken in by tales of ancient aliens and extraterrestrials. Rather than set him straight, he encouraged the child to explore the avenues of this field, helping and guiding him not by telling he what it is proper to think, but rather in how to think.
The kid, on his own, came to realize that there was not enough bankable evidence to support any beliefs in extraterrestrials and the like.
That places that kid miles ahead at any kid who simply took comfort in a teacher advising him to avoid the subject.
The schools should not “teach” intelligent design, but should allow the kids to examine it along side other belief frameworks, and so work their own way through it without being told anything other than the proper technique for analysis of ideas. Otherwise the kids have not learned anything but to follow authority.
But schools do not allow, much less “teach” critical thinking. Kids are deeply indoctrinated and by the time they graduate, jump bare-assed into the deep end of the pool with ducky water wings. They join the military, plunge into college debt, 30-year mortgages, find unfulfilling “jobs” and breathe our advertising-soaked consumer culture without pause for reflection, school having done precious little to set them free. And when the TV says something is true, they do not question.
Most people, just about everyone I’ve read, take that information in, and read it back unchanged. They do not process it. They are brainwashed. They do not have the desire, much less the ability, to question the authority of the news media.
Not only are they brainwashed, they are boring.