Modern education is rubbish. There, I've said it - but JT Gatto said it first. Modern education was set up on the factory model, to make people fit for working in the factories - a production line, producing producers (and consumers), willing to work until the bell goes. We spend so much time and effort and wealth on tweaking the system, prodding bits here and removing bits there, and yet it simply doesn't get any better. How can we persist with such a destructive system? Gatto explains why... and it is fascinating. A highly readable and recommendable book.
Thing is, now that we have crossed the threshold into the Long Emergency, and budgets will continue to be cut for the foreseeable future, the old model is not just dead, it is deadening. Those kids that can just about fit in to the present structure can get by, those who stick out for any one of a myriad number of reasons will get squashed and discarded.
These are not new insights. The future is local, and small-scale, and probably home-ed.