I am sure that the Ton will suggest that the above song is a pussy song. Now with that out of the way, consider the sentiment; yes we should teach our children well.
Let us consider the current correct path(s) here in the US. For the very ambitious high end education, one should work to get good grades in high school, join lots of clubs, be part of lots of charities, and work hard to prepare yourself for the standardized tests in an attempt to get into the “best” universities. Notice that goal isn’t so much to learn, to become a better person; rather it is to build up a resume that will get you into an Ivy League School (or a near Ivy). Admission committees especially like charity work on the resume, as it shows that you know how to “give back”.
Assuming that you do enter a top tier university, the goal isn’t so much to learn, but rather to network with the students there, for they will be the movers and shakers of tomorrow. It would therefore be best that you know them. All of the best institutions recruit from these schools, for that is where the best students come from. But are they really the best students? The answer is yes, if you want students that fit into the current system.
At one time these Universities were very much oriented toward teaching critical thinking; this isn’t so true anymore, as doing such would endanger the indoctrination of students with Marxist/SJW silliness. Facts, and logic applied to them are dangerous things. Still, in STEM areas of study, critical thinking still applies; but it is not allowed to be applied outside of STEM. That would be unethical.
In the US, lots and lots of young people now attend the University for education. Much of this is driven by the Griggs vs. Duke Power Court Ruling, basically stating that IQ tests cannot be used to screen possible employees. So what could employers use instead? Perhaps a University degree. At the very least, it shows that a person is industrious enough to get through four years of school. “These people would make good employees” they said. These are the students not attending top tier schools. They are not being taught critical thinking skills either. There is grade inflation. It is not all the great thing that it is made out to be.
So what to do? First of all, one might assume that the present system will undergo some big alterations in the future. Playing the game in the old system, gaining the knowledge that worked in the old system might not be particularly useful. What is always useful? The ability to figure out what the facts truly are, and to apply logic to them. To see through BS and understand what is really going on. To be able to do this in the real world. This is something parents can and should teach their children. It might be the greatest gift that they give them.