Sir Ken Robinson continues to be a hero of ours for his ability to perfectly articulate how to imporve the educational system. In case you haven't watched any of his pervious TED talks, check them out here and here.
It is definitely an uphill climb to bring about a paradigm change to our current educational system. Fortunately, there are many colleges and universities that are making headway in reforming the current platform. Read up on the degree programs offered by Everest University and see their unique approach to providing a college education.