Teach Reasoning Skills as basic education
From my very basic study of democracy I have learned that it's greatest weakness is it's vulnerability to demagoguery, the practices / rhetoric of a person(s) who obtain power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. Basically, a person who uses irrational and erroneous arguments to sway the People. As a protection against such a circumstance, the People should be taught to recognize and shun such speakers.
I propose we of the GD insist that our children be taught these logical / rhetorical skills as early as possible, using a model such as the one presented @ www.triviumeducation.com/ . In my opinion, teaching our children HOW to think is far more important than teaching them WHAT to think. : ) > - Peace