Teach critical thinking skills from elementary school up. This is a radical, game changing skill, essential to all members of a properly functioning civil society. This skill is difficult to quantitatively assess, thus it is not a “no child left behind” core feature. In the USA, teaching methods for the skill sets needed to communicate, analyze data, and accept authority in the public school systems have been well developed and heavily promoted. Teaching mechanical and technological skills are important, never the less, I believe that critical thinking is one concept that should never be neglected after we have assured our students first: a safe learning environment, proper nutrition, and an abundance of love. Regardless of our varied chosen life paths; plumber, physician, parent …, we need every member of society to be able to listen to discussions, ask enlightening questions, and formulate rational personal responses.