Ken Robinson gave a great speech at the Royal Society of Arts on the importance of reshaping education.
The RSA have just adapted this into a shorter cartoon version....
The original 55 minute video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCbdS4hSa0s&p
One of the things highlighted in the longer video is the impact of education on the capability of Divergent Thinking - as a measure of innate creativity - Ken asserts that 98% of 3-5 year olds are genius level in divergent thinking, whereas the proportion is just 2% by age 25. One of the key opportunities being how education can retain creative capabilities.
Also, just in case you haven't seen it, here is Ken's original TED talk on 'do schools kill creativity?' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
The challenge for us all is HOW? One thing I have noticed in developing solutions is the risk of non-divergent thinking ourselves - so many people have different views on what is good education - and I notice this in myself - the idea of what is good education is based on what I myself experienced. I can use this as a way to challenge my own thinking, when I recognise that the way I learnt was based on educational theories developed when my teachers were themselves being educated in the environment of the 1950's.
Definitely a priority topic...
As a final thought, see what is going on at the school our children attend www.greenschool.org