Hi Dodger! I am seriously not trying to turn this into a political or homeschool debate, as this family does homeschool, but I believe one root of the problem is in our way of raising up kids. If you think back to your childhood years - when, if at all, were you (and all of us, actually) actually outright encouraged and/or specifically taught and rewarded to question and truly think for yourself? I absolutely do notmean a "f*** authority" attitude at all, just question. Honestly, I had to learn all that as an adult.
We are so indoctrinated to just ingest what our leaders and teachers and church(wo)men tell us, with specific negative consequences attached, if we regurgitated it wrongly, that it takes most of us a lot of time before we figure out that the people giving us our info aren't always right. Neither are they always, always wrong, but still.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC