A well-outlined story at Wired talks about how groups of kids figure out things by themselves and get educated rather well. Buried under the story is the rather well-accepted fact that humans have a willingness to learn from surroundings, and will do that rather well when left to themselves.
Systems everywhere are really effective in ‘teaching’ stuff. This teaching starts from the beginning, ends at the very end, and leaves very little for the learners to imagine. But everyone does agree at some level, that the stuff that one discovers with some external interference is better imprinted on one’s mind. The changes to the means of education rather well be the brighter future for the tired minds of kids today, who are put through an eternal drive of rote-learning.