What about encouraging creative exploration, independence of thought & a willingness to cross frontiers?
I discovered John Taylor Gatto a few years ago:
Then I found out that there is no correlation between success at school, and success at later life.
I love learning.
I love learning with others.
I even taught secondary school for a couple of years 40 years ago, but couldn’t handle either the staff room politics or the desire of many students simply to pass exams, without any real interest in the conceptual basis of the material they were studying (noticed the same thing in many of the straight A students at university).
It seems to me that getting past the simple childish notion of truth is one of the hardest things.
It seems that learning that all knowledge and understanding comes with fundamental uncertainty and that the more we “know” the more we know we don’t know and the less confident we become about much of what we once took as certainty, is key.
It is a strange thing this journey into understanding understanding itself.