I ABSOLUTELY love what you are saying here! It supports (and cites other sources of support) what a think many teachers are unconsciously or purposefully moving away from in order to “teach to get to the final answer” that would be on a test.
I have been teaching for 12 years and at the beginning of each year, I would start off with a unit discussing how perceptions define and influence thought. Whether scientific or not, perception is the foundation of our beliefs and the number one goal of the discussions with the students is that they need reliable DATA to back up their thoughts. I have moved from the formal teaching arena and plan on working with home school and informal science groups, but will definitely be using this article as a source in the years to come! Is there a particular way you prefer to be cited (outside the APA electronic article format)?