For the last 5 or so years, I have really thought a lot about the role of schools in shaping society in the future. My overall conclusion: the traditional public school as we know it will not last - it CANNOT last. Lecture-textbook-exam type approaches are for the 19th century. Here is a list of my favorite TED talks on the topic of Education. They're in no specific order, except for the first one!
Sir Ken Robinson: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html
Another Sir Ken Robinson: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
Gever Tully: http://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action.html
Logan Laplante: http://www.tedxuniversityofnevada.org/2012/12/12/logan-laplante/
John Hardy: http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html
Jaime Oliver: http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html
Sugata Mitra: http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html
So what do you do if you're stuck in a broken system??