Most assertions have truth to them in one form or another. That means they must all be investigated and addressed one by one without making sweeping generalizations.

"The value of an education [in a liberal arts college] is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks." — Albert Einstein

Fresh out of university myself, I can confirm that universities are still teaching critical thinking. Neither my colleagues nor I were ever taught to lay down and accept "the narrative." We were taught to assess the many moving pieces of a situation, search for and appreciate nuance, and use reliable, mathematical models of thought to create logical patterns of thinking, which ultimately effect meaningful and postive change.

With regard to appreciating nuance, I see and acknowledge what you're trying to imply—but I disagree.

The highest purpose of words is that they be used to connect one another.