K.! you surprise me!! LOL There is all the difference in the world between being taught what to think and being taught how to think...yes? Your son can navigate his education because his parental units are critical thinkers. critical thinking can be surprisingly catchy and additive. But one must have a starting point. When I was around 16 I had a falling out (Not a terribly serious one) but very heated with all three of the boys I grew up with. i forget the details. But the upshot was this. I was trying to persuade them that they were wrong, I was trying to reason with them. At first they thought it was a joke. Then they thought that I was be being very tricky and dishonest. The realization I came out of this with was this. My friends did not believe that truth could be found though reason. They saw reason as a trick of the mind. They saw things this way because they could not reason and saw those that could as con men. This is the great sorrow of our masses. Anyone who can fix a car or plan for a harvest can be shown how to reason.But the instinct to reason in rare among men. For the simple, reason will always be seen as a magic trick. Here is the glory of our masses, they can be taught if one is there to teach them. Their tragedy is that they are dependent on others to teach them and their teachers as often betray as reveal.